Governor of Tennessee
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2012 FY Budget:||$4,595,500|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Tennessee Constitution, Article III, Section I|
|Assumed office:||January 15, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Tennessee Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Comptroller • Treasurer • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The Governor is the head of the executive branch of Tennessee's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (§ 5). The governor has a duty to enforce state laws and the state constitution (§ 10).
The governor is also the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee (§ 15).
According to Article III of the Tennessee Constitution, other duties and privileges of the office include:
- Granting reprieves and pardons, except in cases on impeachment (§ 6)
- Requiring written information from any officer of an executive department on any aspect of that officer's department or duties (§ 8)
- Convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature, provided she proclaims the purposes and limitations of the special session when she calls it (§ 9)
- Periodically addressing the General Assembly concerning the state of the state and making recommendations for legislation (§ 11)
- Signing and sealing all commissions granted by the state of Tennessee (§ 16)
- Vetoing bills and joint resolutions, subject to a majority override of the state legislature (§ 18)
Under Article III, Section I:
The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor.
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
A candidate for governor must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States
- a citizen of Tennessee for at least seven years upon his election
Additionally, no member of Congress and no one holding any other state office or any federal office may execute the duties of the office of the Governor.
Tennessee elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Tennessee, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the third Saturday in the January following an election. Thus, January 15, 2011 and January 17, 2015 are inaugural days.
In the event of a tie or a contested election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballot to choose.
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
Tennessee governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.
|A person may be eligible to succeed in office for additional four year terms, provided that no person presently serving or elected hereafter shall be eligible for election to more than two terms consecutively, including an election to a partial term.|
- See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled
When the governorship is vacated less than 18 months into a term, the successor only serves until a special election is held at the next general election. More than 18 moths into a term, the successor completes the remainder of the term.
If the elected Governor dies, resigns, or is removed, the first person in the line of succession is the Speaker of the Senate followed by the Speaker of the House. Tennessee does not have a formally established office of the Lieutenant Governor, but the title of Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate.
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was $4,595,500.
The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term.
Partisan balance 1992-2013
From 1992-2013, in Tennessee there were Democratic governors in office for 11 years while there were Republican governors in office for 11 years, including the last three. Tennessee was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-0001
- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
- Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee
- Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
- Tennessee Attorney General
- Tennessee Secretary of State
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