Governor of Nevada
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-13 FY Budget:||$2,399,335|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Nevada Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Assumed office:||January 3, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 6, 2010|
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The 29th and current governor is Brian Sandoval, a Republican elected in 2010.
Under Article V, Section I:
The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada.
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Candidates for governor must be
- at least 25 years old
- a registered elector
- a resident of Nevada for at least two years
While in office, the governor may not hold any federal level office.
Nevada elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Nevada, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011 and January 5, 2015 are inaugural days.
- Main article: Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Nevada governors are restricted to two terms in office during their lifetime.
|nor shall any person be elected to the Office of 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 Governor shall be elected to the Office of Governor more than once.|
There are two methods available to remove a governor before the expiration of the gubernatorial term of office.
- Main article: Article 7, Nevada Constitution
- Main article: Laws governing recall in Nevada
Petitions signed by Nevada voters equal in number to 25% of the last vote for the office of governor. If the governor does not resign within five days of the petition's filing, a special election will be held in 30 days to determine whether the governor shall be recalled.
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article 5, Section 18.
Anytime the elected Governor dies, resigns, in impeached, or is temporarily or permanently unable to discharge the office, the powers and duties of the governorship shall devolve to the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.
The Lieutenant Governor also serves as Acting Governor when the Governor is absent, unless the latter is absent in order to lead the state's militia and has done so with the consent of the legislature, in which case he remains the Governor while actively serving as commander-in-chief.
The Governor is commander-in-chief of the state military forces. The governor appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions.
Law-enforcement powers include the ability to grant pardons, commute sentences, and remiss fines and forfeitures, as well as serving as the commander-in-chief of the military forces in the state, except when they are called into service of the United States.
Only the Governor may call a special session of the Legislature, wherein the Legislature cannot introduce, consider or pass any bills except those related to the business for which the Legislature has been specially convened and those necessary to provide for the expenses of the session. 
The Governor also has power to adjourn the Legislature in case of a disagreement between the two Houses with respect to the time of adjournment.
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Conducting all executive business with both civil and military officers (§ 6)
- Filling all vacancies not otherwise Constitutionally provided for (§ 8)
- Delivering a state of the state address to the legislature at each regular session (§ 10)
- Suspending the collection of fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves of not more than 60 days (§ 13)
- Granting pardons, not to extend to convictions for treason or impeachment, and commuting sentences, not to include sentences of life without parole (§ 14)
- Keeping and using the Great Seal of the State of Nevada (§ 15)
- Signing all commissions granted by the state of Nevada (§ 16)
The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $2,399,335.
As of 2010, the Governor of Nevada is paid $141,000 annually, the 15th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
On January 3, 2011, and and on the first Monday of every fourth year thereafter, the pay level will increase by an amount equal to the cumulative percentage increase in the salaries of the classified Nevada Employees during the Governor's previous term.
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in Nevada there were Democratic governors in office for the first seven years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 15 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 have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
- Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval
- Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
- Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki
- Nevada Attorney General
- Nevada Secretary of State
- ↑ Impeachment and Removal from Office
- ↑ Article 2 Sec. 9 - Recall of public officers: Procedure and limitations
- ↑ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art5Sec2
- ↑ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art5Sec13
- ↑ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art5Sec5
- ↑ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art5Sec9
- ↑ http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art5Sec11
- ↑ Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "FY 2012-2013 Appropriations Act," accessed April 17, 2013
- ↑ Governor Salary
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