Governor of Vermont
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2010 FY Budget:||$1,603,815|
|Length of term:||2 years|
|Authority:||Vermont Constitution, Chapter II, Sections 1|
|Assumed office:||January 6, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
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The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in both Chapter II, Sections 1-5, the Delegations and Distribution of Powers and Chapter II, Sections 20-27, Executive Department.
Under Section I:
The Commonwealth or State of Vermont shall be governed by a Governor...
Additionally, under Section I:
The Supreme Executive power shall be exercised by a Governor...
A candidate for governor must be:
- a resident of Vermont for at least four years on the day of the election
Governors may not hold any legislative office or any other Constitutional office. Excepting positions in military reserves, they also may not hold any office under the federal government. Nor is the Governor eligible for any appointed position made by any branch of the Vermont government.
Vermont's Constitution address gubernatorial elections not in the section on the Executive but in Chapter II, Section 43-55, Elections; Officers; Terms of Office.
Vermont is one of only two states that elects governors biennially, that is, each even-numbered year. For Vermont, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday following the first Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 6, 2011, January 3, 2013, and January 8, 2015 are inaugural days.
If the office of the Governor is not filled in the election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose among three candidates.
- See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012
|Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Peter Shumlin Incumbent||57.8%||170,749|
|United States Marijuana||Cris Ericson||1.9%||5,583|
|Liberty Union||Dave Eagle||0.4%||1,303|
|Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Vermont governors do not face any term limits.
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Chapter II, Section 24
The Lieutenant Governor becomes Governor anytime the elected Governor is absent or unable to discharge the office and anytime the office is vacant.
The legislature is Constitutionally required to draft laws providing for the line of succession if the Lieutenant Governor's office is also vacant.
Vermont's Governor is charged to uphold and execute all laws, expedite legislative business as needed (§ 20).
The governor is the commander-in-chief of the naval and militia forces, but may directly command those forced unless permitted to do so by the Senate (§ 20).
Other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Commissioning all officers of the state (§ 20)
- Making all appointments not otherwise provided for and making interim appointments to all vacant offices until the legal procedure for filling the office is performed (§ 20)
- Granting reprieves in all cases except treason and granting pardons in all cases except impeachment (§ 200
- Granting licenses as permitted by law (§ 20)
- Drawing upon the Treasury for sums already appropriated by the General Assembly (§ 20)
- Laying embargoes for up to 30 days when the legislature is in recess (§ 20)
- Commissioning a Secretary of Military and Civil Affairs at her pleasure. Such an officer serves at the Governor's pleasure (§ 21)
- Sealing and signing all commissions made by the state of Vermont (§ 22)
- Keeping and using "The Great Seal of the State of Vermont" (§ 22)
- Appointing a Treasurer when the office become vacant (§ 24)
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2010 was $1,603,815.
As of 2010, the Governor of Vermont is paid $142,542 a year, the 15th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
109 State Street, Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
- Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
- Lieutenant Governor Phillip Scott
- Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010
- Vermont state executive offices
- ↑ Office of the Vermont Governor, " Homepage," accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ Governor of Vermont "About the Governor" Accessed February 4, 2013
- ↑ Vermont Department of Finance and Management, "FY10 Appropriations Act (2009, Act 1 special session," accessed April 5, 2013
- ↑ Governor of Vermont "Contact Us" Accessed February 4, 2013
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