Governor of Tennessee

head of state and of government of the U.S. state of Tennessee

The Governor of Tennessee is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The governor is the head of the executive branch of Tennessee's state government. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's army and navy and the state militia.[2] The job of the governor is to see that the state laws are obeyed. Bill Lee, a Republican businessman, became governor on January 19, 2019.

Governor of Tennessee
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Bill Lee

since January 19, 2019
ResidenceTennessee Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentTennessee Constitution of 1796
Inaugural holderJohn Sevier
FormationMarch 30, 1796
(226 years ago)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Tennessee
Salary$178,356 (2013)[1]


The governor can choose the people in charge of the state government's departments. The governor can also veto laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly. However, it is easy to overturn the veto, so the governor does not use it very much.[3]


  1. "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries" (Press release). Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. Lester, Connie L. "Tennessee Governor's Office". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  3. Sisk, Chas (May 3, 2012). "Gov. Bill Haslam Uses First Veto on Vanderbilt's 'All-Comers' Bill". The Tennessean.[dead link]

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