Writing:Elected or appointed executive officials

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Elected vs. appointed

This component is a subsection added to the general articles about the executive offices articles. These articles include:

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney general, Treasurer, Controller, Auditor, Superintendent of Schools, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Natural Resources Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Services Commissioner

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This section includes three main components: an explanation of which states have elected or appointed officers, a map highlighting these differences and subsections that reveal current officeholders.

The section should include, if information is readily available:

  • the ways in which an individual can be selected for a particular state office (normally, most states either appoint or elect their officers)
  • a list of the states that elect their officers

Included in this section should be a map of the United States that highlights which states elect or appoint the constitutional officer. Color schemes: light purple - elected; light blue - appointed.

Subsections (current officeholders):
Two subsections exist in the "Elected vs. appointed" section: "currently appointed" and "currently elected." The writing guidelines for both of those subsections can be found here.


See also: Insurance Commissioner

Below is an example of a properly executed "Elected vs. appointed" section.

Elected vs. appointed

As it currently stands, there are only three ways in which an individual is able to be selected to assume the role of State Insurance Commissioner - by being publicly elected by the people of the state through the primary/general election processes, being appointed by the governor, or being appointed by a commission.

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In 39 states the position is appointed. Thirty-seven of these are appointed by the governor, with the remaining two appointed by a commission. In New Mexico the Public Regulation Commission appoints the insurance commissioner, while in Virginia it is decided by the State Corporation Commission. The remaining 11 states hold elections for the position.

Subsections follow.See Writing: List of current officials (executive officials)

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