Governor of Missouri
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$2,617,906|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section I the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 12, 2009|
|Next election:||November 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Missouri Executive Offices|
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- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 History
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
As of March 2015, Missouri is one of 19 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.
Under Article IV, Section I:
The supreme executive power shall be vested in a governor.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for governor must be:
- at least thirty years old
- a citizen of the United States for at least fifteen years
- a resident of Missouri for at least ten years
Missouri elects governors in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years. For Missouri, 2016, 2020, 2024 and 2028 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election.
- 2012 General Election for Governor of Missouri
|Governor of Missouri General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jay Nixon Incumbent||54.8%||1,494,056|
|Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Missouri governors are restricted to two terms in office during their lifetime.
|No person shall be elected governor...more than twice, and no person who has held the office of governor..., or acted as governor..., for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected to the office of governor or treasurer shall be elected to the office of governor...more than once.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Sections 11(a), (b), and (c).
Should a Governor-elect die before taking office, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall be sworn in as the Governor. At any time that the sitting governor dies, resign, or is convicted or impeached, the [Lieutenant Governor of Missouri|Lieutenant Governor]] shall take over the office. Similarly in the case of a temporary or permanent disability, the Lieutenant Governor is first in the line of succession.
Regardless of the reason for the vacancy, the line of succession after the Lieutenant Governor is the same:
- the President Pro Tem of the Senate
- the Speaker of the House of Representatives
- the State Auditor
- the State Treasurer
- the Attorney General
Whoever serves as Acting Governor shall have the full powers and emoluments of the office.
The Governor may state his temporary disability in writing to the Senate President Pro Tem and the Speaker of the House, at which point the governorship shall be vacant until the Governor indicates in writing to the same two officers that he is ready to resume the office.
A disability board made up of the same individuals in the line of succession as well as the Majority Floor Leaders in each chamber may convene to challenge a governor's declaration that is fit to resume office or initiate a hearing into the governor's fitness for office. If that board chooses to recommend the governor not discharge his office, they will deliver that decision to the President Pro Tem and the Speaker, who will in turn inform the Missouri Supreme Court.
The Court then convenes and has 21 days to reach a decision.
Any state officer who serves as Acting Governor is not considered to have vacated his office; that officer's chief administrative staffer shall discharge the office until the elected officer returns.
Missouri's governor is commander-in-chief of the state military forces in the state of Missouri. (§ 6) The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions, including issuing, signing, and sealing the commission. (§ 5)
Additionally, the governor has power the to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons, after conviction, for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment. (§ 7) Specifically, the governor's pardon power does not include a power to parole.
Excepting bills to convene or adjourn and proposed Constitutional Amendments, all bills requiring the concurrence of both chambers must be presented to the Governor. (§ 8) In extraordinary circumstances, he may convene special sessions of the legislature. (§ 9)
At the start of each regular legislative session, at the end of the governor's term, and at other time she deems prudent, the governor shall address the legislature on the state of the state and make recommendations. (§ 9)
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Making all appointments not otherwise provided for by law (§ 4)
- Submitting a budget to the legislature within 30 days of the start of each session (§ 24)
- Exercising a line item veto on appropriations bills (§ 26) and reducing state expenditures in line with revenue (§ 27)
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Role in state budget
- See also: Missouri state budget and finances
- Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in July of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year.
- State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in October.
- Agency hearings are held from January through April. Public hearings are held in January and February.
- The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in January.
- The legislature typically adopts a budget in April or May. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget. The legislature is not required to pass a balanced budget, but the governor is required to sign one.
Governor's office budget
The Governor's budget for 2012-2013 was $2,617,906.
Under Section 21 of the Missouri Constitution, the governor's salary is fixed by law and, if changed, does not take effect during the current term. Former office holders are constitutionally barred from making claims.
Section 3, Article XIII of the Missouri Constitution created a Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials, which sets the compensation of elected government officials. The 21-member commission meets every two years, and is not to be comprised of employees of the state or any of its institutions nor immediate family members of any person ineligible to serve on the council. 
In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $133,821.
In 2010, the Governor of Missouri was paid $133,821 a year, the 26th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
Since 1820, Missouri has had 55 governors. There have been 38 Democrats, 9 Republicans, 3 Jeffersonian Republicans, 2 Union, 2 Radical Republicans and 1 Liberal Republican.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Alexander McNair||1820||1824||Jeffersonian Republican|
|2||Frederick Bates||1824||1825||Jeffersonian Republican|
|3||Abraham J. Williams||1825||1825||Jeffersonian Republican|
|6||Lilburn W. Boggs||1836||1840||Democratic|
|8||Meredith Miles Marmaduke||1844||1844||Democratic|
|9||John Cummins Edwards||1844||1848||Democratic|
|10||Austin Augustus King||1848||1853||Democratic|
|13||Hancock Lee Jackson||1857||1857||Democratic|
|14||Robert Marcellus Stewart||1857||1861||Democratic|
|15||Claiborne Fox Jackson||1861||1861||Democratic|
|16||Hamilton Rowan Gamble||1861||1864||Union|
|17||Willard Preble Hall||1864||1865||Union|
|18||Thomas Clement Fletcher||1865||1869||Radical Republican|
|19||Joseph Washington McClurg||1869||1871||Radical Republican|
|20||Benjamin Gratz Brown||1871||1873||Liberal Republican|
|22||Charles Henry Hardin||1875||1877||Democratic|
|23||John Smith Phelps||1877||1881||Democratic|
|24||Thomas Theodore Crittenden||1881||1885||Democratic|
|25||John Sappington Marmaduke||1885||1887||Democratic|
|26||Albert Pickett Morehouse||1887||1889||Democratic|
|27||David Rowland Francis||1889||1893||Democratic|
|28||William Joel Stone||1893||1897||Democratic|
|29||Lon Vest Stephens||1897||1901||Democratic|
|30||Alexander Monroe Dockery||1901||1905||Democratic|
|31||Joseph Wingate Folk||1905||1909||Democratic|
|32||Herbert Spencer Hadley||1909||1913||Republican|
|33||Elliott Woolfolk Major||1913||1917||Democratic|
|34||Frederick Dozier Gardner||1917||1921||Democratic|
|35||Arthur Mastick Hyde||1921||1925||Republican|
|36||Sam Aaron Baker||1925||1929||Republican|
|37||Henry Stewart Caulfield||1929||1933||Republican|
|38||Guy Brasfield Park||1933||1937||Democratic|
|39||Lloyd Crow Stark||1937||1941||Democratic|
|40||Forrest C. Donnell||1941||1945||Republican|
|41||Phil M. Donnelly||1945||1949||Democratic|
|43||Phil M. Donnelly||1953||1957||Democratic|
|44||James T. Blair, Jr.||1957||1961||Democratic|
|45||John M. Dalton||1961||1965||Democratic|
|46||Warren E. Hearnes||1965||1973||Democratic|
|47||Christopher S. Bond||1973||1977||Republican|
|48||Joseph P. Teasdale||1977||1981||Democratic|
|49||Christopher S. Bond||1981||1985||Republican|
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in Missouri there were Democratic governors in office for 17 years, including the last five, while there were Republican governors in office for five years.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
SQLI and partisanship
Missouri was one of eight states to demonstrate a dramatic partisan shift in the 22 years studied. A dramatic shift was defined by a movement of 40 percent or more toward one party over the course of the study period.
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Missouri state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Missouri had Democratic trifectas from 1993-2000 and Republican trifectas from 2005-2008. Of the 22 years studied, Missouri never finished in the top-10 or bottom-10. It received its highest ranking of 13th overall in 2000, the most recent year of a Democratic trifecta. Its lowest ranking of 23rd overall occurred in 1993 and 2008, both years of which had government trifectas. In 1993 it was a Democratic trifecta, and in 2008 it was a Republican trifecta.
- SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 18.75
- SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 20.00
- SQLI average with divided government: 18.33
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Office of the Governor, Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
- Office of the Governor of Missouri, accessed January 25, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Experiences with Annual and Biennial Budgeting," updated April 2011
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "Budget Processes in the States, Summer 2008," accessed February 21, 2014
- Missouri 96th General Assembly, "House bill No. 2012," Section 12.005-12.015, accessed July 5, 2013
- Missouri Boards and Commissions, “Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials,” accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- Missouri Secretary of State, "State Archives: Governors," accessed December 3, 2011
State of Missouri
Jefferson City (capital)
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