Governor of Ohio

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

Prior to 1963, the term of office was two years and, prior to 1995, term limits were not in place.

Current officer

The 69th and current governor is John Kasich, a Republican elected in 2010.

His wife, Karen Waldbillig, is the First Lady of Ohio.

Authority

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

Under Article III, Section 5:

The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in the governor.

Requirements

A candidate for the governor of Ohio may not hold any Congressional or federal office or any other state office.

Election

Ohio elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Ohio, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied, the joint session of the legislature shall cast votes to choose among the top two cote getters.

Vacancies

See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Sections 15 and 17.

If the Governor dies, resigns, is removed, or is convicted on impeachment, the Lieutenant Governor succeeds.

The Lieutenant Governor also serves as the Acting Governor in the event of any temporary disability of the Governor.

After the Lieutenant Governor, the line of succession goes to the President Pro Tem of the Senate and then to the Speaker of the House. Whoever serves as the Acting Governor has the full duties, powers, and emoluments of the elected Governor.

Of the four offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, no person may hold two of them simultaneously or receive the compensation and emoluments of more than one.

If both the offices of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are vacant and there are more than 20 months remaining in the current term, a special election for both office shall be held at the next general election. The highest officer in the line of succession serves as an Acting Governor until the election.

If a Governor-elect is unable to take office, the Lieutenant Governor-elect takes office and serves as the Governor. If the Governor-elect is only temporarily unable to take office, the Lieutenant Governor-elect serves as Acting Governor until the elected Governor's disability is removed.

Duties

Ohio

The governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (§ 10). The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Ohio Legislature; the power to convene the legislature; and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment (§ 11).

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Executing all laws and requiring written information on any office from the head of that office (§ 6)
  • Making an annual address to the General Assembly, with recommendation for legislation (§ 7)
  • Convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature with limited purposes (§ 8)
  • Adjourning the legislature when the two chambers cannot agree to do so themselves, not to include the privilege of adjourning the legislature past the sine die set for the regular session (§ 9)
  • Keeping and using "The Great Seal of the State of Ohio" (§ 12)
  • Signing and sealing all commissions granted in the name of the state of Ohio (§ 13)
  • Nominating, in the event of a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's office, a new officer, subject to a confirmatory vote of both chambers of the legislature (§ 17a)
  • Making vacancy appointments for all "key state officers" (the Auditor, the Treasurer, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General. Such appointments are for the remainder of the term when the next general election is less than 40 days away and until the next general election otherwise (§ 18)
  • Accepting a report from the head of each executive department at least once a year, not later than five days before the regular session of the legislature convenes, and including the substance of those reports in her annual address to the legislature (§ 20)
  • Making all appointments not otherwise provided for, with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate refuses to act, in which case the Governor's appointee takes offices by default (§ 21)

Compensation

Contact information

Governor's Office
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Phone:614-466-3555
Fax:614-466-9354

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