Governor Tony Evers (D) issues one executive order from March 20-26

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued one executive order from March 20-26. As of March 26, Evers has issued eight executive orders in 2023 — one fewer than he did at this point a year ago. The order is:

  • Executive Order #189, where the governor ordered flags flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Army Private First Class William LaVerne Simon.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of March 20-26, the nation’s governors issued 20 executive orders. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued the most with six. Governors in 38 states issued the fewest with zero. Democratic governors issued five of the 20 orders, while Republican governors issued 15.

Evers has served as governor since Jan. 7, 2019. He issued 31 executive orders in 2022 and 49 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,559 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 369 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 229, while Democratic governors issued 140. Wisconsin is a divided government, meaning neither party holds trifecta control.

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