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Office of the Governor
Four-year term

The primary duties of the governor are to oversee all operations of state government and to take the lead in shaping public policy by proposing ideas to the Legislature.
Bills that pass the state Legislature, such as the University’s biennial budget, must receive the governor’s signature before they are enacted. The governor has the power to call a special session of the Legislature.
The governor chairs the state executive council and the legislative advisory commission, both of which deal with extraordinary matters when the Legislature is not in session.
He or she appoints people to state boards and commissions, as well as appointing judges for all court systems when vacancies occur. The governor is the commander in chief of state military forces and can dispatch the national guard.