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The governor has the right to grant reprieves, issue pardons, commute sentences, and return fines and forfeitures for crimes against the state. In this role, the governor serves as the court of last resort.
 
The governor has the right to grant reprieves, issue pardons, commute sentences, and return fines and forfeitures for crimes against the state. In this role, the governor serves as the court of last resort.
  
 
Additionally the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the state, except when they are called into service of the federal government. He may call out these forces to preserve law and order, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, or in other times of emergency.
 
Additionally the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the state, except when they are called into service of the federal government. He may call out these forces to preserve law and order, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, or in other times of emergency.
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At the outset of each regular legislative session, the Governor must give an address to the General Assembly, including the condition of the state and its finances.  The Governor may also include recommendations in her address and make such addresses at other times, such as the commencement of an extraordinary session.
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The Governor also submits a budget to the legislature and may compel reports from department heads on any matter, save investigations into the governor's office.
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Other duties and privileges of the office include:
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* A line item veto
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* The power to make appointments, including recess appointments, with Senate confirmation
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* Removing, at pleasure, any currently serving appointees
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==

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The Governor of the State of Louisiana is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Louisiana. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Current officer

The current and 55th governor is Bobby Jindal, a Republican first elected in 2007.

His wife, Supriya Jolly, is the First Lady of Louisiana.

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 5(A):

The governor shall be the chief executive officer of the state.

Requirements

Under Article IV, Section 2, a candidate for governor is required to:

  • have attained the age of twenty-five years
  • be an elector
  • have been a citizen of the United States, and,
  • have been a citizen of Louisiana for at least the preceding five years

The term of office of the governor of Louisiana is four years. During his/her tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office.

Election

Louisiana belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Louisiana's case, elections are held in the ear after a midterm and before a Presidential; this, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Monday in January after an election. Thus, January 14, 2008 and January 9, 2012 are inaugural days.

Vacancies

See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 14.

When a vacancy occurs in the office of governor, the order of succession shall be (1) the elected lieutenant governor,
(2) the elected secretary of state,
(3) the elected attorney general,
(4) the elected treasurer,
(5) the presiding officer of the Senate,
(6) the presiding officer of the House of Representatives, and then
(7) as provided by law.
The successor shall serve the remainder of the term for which the governor was elected.

Duties

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The governor has the right to grant reprieves, issue pardons, commute sentences, and return fines and forfeitures for crimes against the state. In this role, the governor serves as the court of last resort.

Additionally the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the state, except when they are called into service of the federal government. He may call out these forces to preserve law and order, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, or in other times of emergency.

At the outset of each regular legislative session, the Governor must give an address to the General Assembly, including the condition of the state and its finances. The Governor may also include recommendations in her address and make such addresses at other times, such as the commencement of an extraordinary session.

The Governor also submits a budget to the legislature and may compel reports from department heads on any matter, save investigations into the governor's office.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • A line item veto
  • The power to make appointments, including recess appointments, with Senate confirmation
  • Removing, at pleasure, any currently serving appointees

Compensation

Contact information

PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone:225-342-7015
Toll Free:866-366-1121
Fax:225-342-7099

See also

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