Governor (United States)

position of the head of the government of a state or territory of the United States

In the United States, a governor is the chief executive officer and commander-in-chief in each of the fifty states and in the five permanently territories.

Governors are responsible for passing state laws and the operation of the state executive branch. As state leaders, governors support and push for new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, such as through executive orders, executive budgets, and legislative proposals and vetoes.

A majority of governors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submitted by a nominations committee.[1]


  1. "Governors' Powers and Authority". Washington, D.C.: National Governors Association. 2011.