Oct 19, 2019
Aug 20, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019
The Governor of the State of Louisiana is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Louisiana. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms. The governor has the right to grant reprieves, issue pardons, commute sentences and return fines and forfeitures for crimes against the state. In this role, the governor serves as the court of last resort. Additionally the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the state, except when they are called into service of the federal government. He may call these forces to preserve law and order, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion or in other times of emergency. At the outset of each regular legislative session, the governor must give an address to the General Assembly, including the condition of the state and its finances. The governor may also include recommendations in her address and make such addresses at other times, such as the commencement of an extraordinary session. The governor also submits a budget to the legislature and may compel reports from department heads on any matter, save investigations into the governor's office. The salary for this position is $130,000/year.