Aug 07, 2018
May 15, 2018 - May 29, 2018
The Governor of the State of Minnesota is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Minnesota. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit. As of June 2016, Minnesota was one of 20 states that was under divided government and was therefore not one of the state government trifectas. The constitutionally prescribed duties and powers of the governor are quite lean compared to some other states. Minnesota's governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's militia and naval forces and is charged with upholding and seeing to the faithful execution of all laws. Along with the Attorney General of Minnesota and the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the governor sits on the state Board of Pardons. However, the power of pardon does not extend to cases of impeachment. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Requesting written opinions from any executive officer on any matter relating to that officer's duties, Making appointments (with the advice and consent of the Senate, when the offices of the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, and other state and district offices not otherwise provided for by law become vacant), Appointing Commissioners, Appointing notaries public. The salary for this position is $119,850/year.