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The Labor Commissioner is a state level position in all 50 states. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but their general role is to oversee the administration of state laws relating to labor and the workforce.
|Quick facts about Labor Commissioners|
List of Current Labor Commissioners
Elected vs. appointed
As it currently stands, there are three ways in which an individual is able to be selected for the office of labor commissioner: statewide elections, gubernatorial appointment, or appointment by the state legislature.
While the vast majority of the states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least five others who have opted to have public voters select the office holders. These states include Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
The current party breakdown of State Labor Commissioners based on whether they are elected by the general public or appointed by the governor of an individual state shows that:
- Of the 4 publicly elected to office, 3 are Republicans while 1 is non-partisan.
- Governors in the other 46 states are authorized to appoint individuals as Labor Commissioners.
- 23 are Democrats. These state include Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
- The other 23 are Republican appointees. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Labor + Commissioner + State
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- State Officials comment on the passing of Former Labor Commissioner Brenda ... - City-sentinel
- State labor commission votes to start union recertification elections - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- State high court overturns contempt orders against labor commissioners - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- State labor commissioner helps prepare Thanksgiving dinners - The Advertiser News South
- California Labor Commissioner Cites Two Ukiah Restaurants Nearly $2 Million ... - PR Newswire (press release)
- Governor's blue ribbon commission reports no bias in unemployment claims ... - Lewiston Sun Journal
- Onondaga County tax warrants: November 26 to 28 - Syracuse.com (blog)
- State officials used property, employees for own benefit - State-Journal.com
- Downingtown mayor announces candidacy for state representative - Daily Local News
- RI Ethics Commission clears way for Cranston school board's Iannazzi to ... - The Providence Journal
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