Florida Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jun 20, 2022 - Jun 24, 2022


The Governor of Florida serves as the chairman of the state cabinet and chief executive of the government for the State of Florida. The Governor also assumes the role of commander-in-chief of all state military services. Primary responsibilities of the governor include: the enforcement of state laws, requesting interpretations from the Florida Supreme Court on constitutional subjects, approving or vetoing bills passed by the state legislature, drafting a balanced budget to submit to the legislature, granting pardons (with the exception of impeachment), and convening legislature. The governor also has the ability to use line-item veto for bills that relate to appropriations. A line-item veto is also referred to as a partial veto, and pronounces the ability of the governor (in specified appropriation situations) to reverse or cancel specific provisions of a bill without needing to veto the entire legislative proposal. Furthermore, recent legislation has extended the power of the governor, allowing that individual to execute more oversight than usual over agencies, and make key financial decisions regarding the recruitment of new business, if such action is deemed economically beneficial. The governor serves a four-year term, and while there is no limit on the number of times a Florida governor may serve, after serving two sequential terms, that individual must remain out of office for at least one election cycle to regain eligibility. The salary of the position is $130,273 per year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Florida Department of State Division of Elections to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the party affiliated qualifying papers or the non-party affiliated qualifying papers and submit the qualifying papers to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. The application must be accompanied by either a qualifying fee or petition papers in lieu of a qualifying fee. 3) Submit the application accompanied by either the qualifying fee or petition papers between noon of the 71st day prior to the primary election, but not later than noon of the 67th day prior to the primary election. (A recent change to Florida election laws allows for the filing documents to be accepted two weeks prior to the 71st day, which is the day we have listed on this site.) For the 2018 contest these dates are tentatively scheduled for June 4th, 2018 and June 22nd, 2018. If you have any questions please contact the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections by phone at 850-245-6240. State Qualifying Handbook: http://dos.myflorida.com/media/695458/state-qualifying-handbook.pdf

Submit application to:
Florida Department of State, Division of Elections, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0250, US