Nov 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018 - Aug 01, 2018
The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Pennsylvania. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, the power to approve or veto bills passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature subject to a two-thirds override, and to convene the legislature for extraordinary session. The governor may grant pardons, reprieves, and commutations except in cases of impeachment, but only when recommended by the Board of Pardons. The Board of Pardons consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, and three gubernatorial appointees, each of whom must be confirmed by a two-third vote of the Senate and who serves a six year term. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Appointing the Secretary of Education and all other offices not otherwise provided for, subject to the advice and two-third consent of the Senate; Requiring written information from the head of any executive department on any aspect of that department's work; Periodically addressing the General Assembly on the state of the state and making recommendation for legislation; Adjourning the legislature when the body cannot agree to do so itself, for a period not to exceed four months; Convening the Senate by special proclamation for the purposes of transacting executive business; Vetoing appropriation bills, subject to legislative override; Signing and sealing, with "The Great Seal of the State of Pennsylvania," all commissions granted by the state of Pennsylvania. The salary for this position is $187,818/year.