|Chief Minister of Mizoram|
|Style||The Honourable (Formal)|
Mr. Chief Minister (Informal)
|Status||Head of Government|
|Member of||Mizoram Legislative Assembly|
|Reports to||Governor of Mizoram|
|Appointer||Governor of Mizoram|
|Term length||At the confidence of the assembly|
Chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.
|Inaugural holder||C. Chhunga|
|Formation||3 May 1972|
The Chief Minister of Mizoram is the chief executive of the Indian state of Mizoram. As per the Constitution of India, the governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the Mizoram Legislative Assembly, the state's governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the government. The governor appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Given that he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.
Since 1972, five people from four parties have served as Chief Minister of Mizoram; the inaugural officeholder was C. Chhunga. Lal Thanhawla of the Indian National Congress has the longest incumbency of over 21 years in 5 terms. The current incumbent is Zoramthanga of the Mizo National Front who assumed office on 15 December 2018.
|1||C. Chhunga||Kolasib||3 May 1972||10 May 1977||5 years, 7 days||Mizo Union|
|N/A||11 May 1977||1 June 1978||1 year, 21 days||N/A|
|2||T. Sailo||Aizawl North||2 June 1978||10 November 1978||161 days||Mizo People's Conference|
|N/A||10 November 1978||8 May 1979||179 days||N/A|
|(2)||T. Sailo||Aizawl North||8 May 1979||4 May 1984||4 years, 362 days||Mizo People's Conference|
|3||Lal Thanhawla||Serchhip||5 May 1984||20 August 1986||2 years, 107 days||Indian National Congress|
|4||Laldenga||Aizawl North II||21 August 1986||19 February 1987||2 years, 17 days||Mizo National Front|
|20 February 1987||7 September 1988||1st Assembly (1987–89)
|N/A||7 September 1988||24 January 1989||139 days||N/A|
|(3)||Lal Thanhawla||Serchhip||24 January 1989||7 December 1993||9 years, 313 days||Indian National Congress||2nd Assembly (1989–93)
|8 December 1993||3 December 1998||3rd Assembly (1993–98)
|Paty Ripple Kyndiah|
|5||Zoramthanga||Champhai||3 December 1998||4 December 2003||10 years, 8 days||Mizo National Front||4th Assembly (1998–03)
|Dr A.P. Mukherjee|
|4 December 2003||11 December 2008||5th Assembly (2003–08)
|Amolak Rattan Kohli|
|(3)||Lal Thanhawla||Serchhip||11 December 2008||11 December 2013||10 years, 3 days||Indian National Congress||6th Assembly (2008–13)
|Madan Mohan Lakhera|
|12 December 2013||14 December 2018||7th Assembly (2013–18)
|(5)||Zoramthanga||Aizawl East I||15 December 2018||Incumbent||2 years, 153 days||Mizo National Front||8th Assembly (2018–23)
- This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.
- President's rule may be imposed when the "government in a state is not able to function as per the Constitution", which often happens because no party or coalition has a majority in the assembly. When President's rule is in force in a state, its council of ministers stands dissolved. The office of chief minister thus lies vacant, and the administration is taken over by the governor, who functions on behalf of the central government. At times, the legislative assembly also stands dissolved.
- Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th Edition, 2011 Reprint. pp. 241, 245. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9. Note: although the text talks about Indian state governments in general, it applies for the specific case of Mizoram as well.
- "About Government-Chief Minister". Mizoram state official website.
- Amberish K. Diwanji. "A dummy's guide to President's rule". Rediff.com. 15 March 2005.