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This is a project page for writing guidelines relating to state executive official articles.
How to write about
state executives
Starting an article (stub)
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InfoboxIntro sentence
ImagesSee also section
External links and references
General offices:
Intro sentence
Feature - elected or appointed
OfficeholdersSee also section
External links and references
State offices:
InfoboxIntro sentence
Current officeholderAuthority
Historical officeholders
Contact informationSee also section
External links and references
InfoboxIntro sentence
BiographyPolitical career
Elections (Issue positions)
Campaign contributions
See also section
External links and references
Succession boxes
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A stub should include the following:

  1. Infobox
  2. Introductory sentence
  3. See also section
  4. External links and references
  5. Categories
  6. Templates
  7. Stub template: {{Seo stub}}

Overview office article

Example = Governor. Components, in order:

  1. Introductory sentence
  2. Political parties
  3. Officeholders
  4. Term limits
  5. Vacancies
  6. Feature - elected or appointed
  7. See also section
  8. External links and references
  9. Templates
  10. Categories

State office profiles

Example = Governor of Arizona. Components, in order:

  1. Infobox
  2. Introductory sentence
  3. Current officeholder
  4. Authority
  5. Qualifications
  6. Elections
  7. Vacancies
  8. Duties
  9. Divisions
  10. Compensation
  11. Former officeholders
  12. Contact information
  13. See also section
  14. External links and references
  15. Templates
  16. Categories

Incumbent profiles

Example = Christine Gregoire. Components, in order:

  1. Infobox
  2. Introductory sentence
  3. Biography
  4. Political career
  5. Elections
    1. Issue positions
  6. Campaign donors
  7. See also section
  8. External links and references
  9. Succession boxes
  10. Templates
  11. Categories


Example = Niki Bird Papazoglakis. Components, in order:

  1. Infobox
  2. Introductory sentence
  3. Biography
  4. Elections
    1. Issue positions
  5. See also section
  6. External links and references
  7. Templates
  8. Categories


For specific details about election articles and related writing guidelines, visit Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Executive Officials/Election articles.

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Auditors: executive vs. legislative

State offices vary from state to state. In particular, for auditors some states classify the office as a state executive office, while in others they are a legislative office. While both offices are similar in function, a legislative auditor functions primarily under the state legislature.

State executive offices, on the other hand, represent a state's executive branch, charged with implementing and enforcing the laws made by state legislatures. The governor is the chief executive of a state's government, and other executive officers ordinarily report to him or her.

Ballotpedia has identified 20 legislative auditor offices and 38 state executive auditor offices. A total of 7 states have both auditor offices.

For state executive auditors, follow the writing guidelines on THIS page. For state legislative auditors follow the writing guidelines HERE.

States with legislative auditors include:

AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasColoradoConnecticutFloridaIdahoKansasLouisianaMarylandMinnesotaMontanaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaWest Virginia

States with state executive auditors include:

AlabamaArkansasCaliforniaDelawareGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndiana - state auditorIndiana - state examinerIowaKentuckyMaineMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMissouriMississippiMontanaNebraskaNew MexicoNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming - state auditorWyoming - audit director

States with both legislative and state executive auditors:

Alabama • Minnesota • Montana • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • South Dakota • West Virginia