Nov 06, 2018
Dec 03, 2017 - Mar 06, 2018
The Governor of the State of Alabama is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Alabama. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a simple majority and is limited to two terms. The governor is responsible for upholding the Alabama Constitution and executing state law. The governor also is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces including the Alabama Army National Guard and Alabama Air National Guard, which are part of the National Guard of the United States, and the Alabama State Defense Force, which is the State Defense Forces. As commander-in-chief, the governor may call out the state's military forces to preserve the public peace when it is not in active service of the United States. At least once every legislative session, the governor is required to deliver an address to the state legislature, referred to as the "State of the State Address," regarding the condition and operation of the state government and to suggest new legislation. Other duties and privileges of the office include: seeing that all laws of the state are faithfully executed; overseeing other state executive officers and agencies; convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature; presenting a budget for the state to the legislature; remitting fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves, paroles, commutations of sentence and pardons; exercising a veto over bills from state legislature. The current salary for the office is $119,950/year.