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The Governor of the Commonwealth is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Virginia. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is has no lifeterm term limit but cannot succeed himself.

Current officer

The 71st and current governor is Bob McDonnell, a Republican elected in 2009.

His wife, Maureen Gardner, is the First Lady of Virginia.

Authority

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

Under Article V, Section I:

The chief executive power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a Governor.

Requirements

Candidates for the office of Governor of Virginia must be:

  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Virginia for at least five years at the time of the election
  • a qualified elector of Virginia for at least year preceding the election
  • at least 30 years old

Election

Bob McDonnell's swearing-in ceremony on January 16, 2010

Virginia 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 Virginia's case, elections are held in the year after a Presidential and before a midterm; thus, 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2021 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Wednesday in the January after an election. Thus, January 8, 2014 and January 10, 2018 are inaugural days.

In the event of a tie between two candidates or a contested election, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots.

Vacancies

Duties

Virginia

The Governor serves as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a four-year term. The governor is responsible for ensuring that the laws of the state are faithfully executed and is responsible for the safety of the state, as he serves as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Militia. The governor must convene the legislature when two-thirds of each house calls for a special session

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • The governor has the legislative power to submit recommendations and to call special sessions when he finds them necessary.
  • The governor has veto powers. All bills must be sent to the governor before becoming law. The governor may sign the bill, let it sit unsigned for seven days after which it becomes law, or veto the legislation. After a veto, the bill returns to its house of origin and may be overridden by two-thirds of the vote in each house.
  • The governor also has the power to use a line-item veto. He may send legislation back to the legislature with recommendations and amendments. The legislature must either approve the changes by a majority in each house, or override the veto with a two-thirds majority in each house.
  • The governor is commander-in-chief of Virginia's armed forces.
  • The governor may also communicate with other states and foreign powers.
  • The governor has the power to fill vacancies in positions unless the position is appointed by the legislature.
  • The governor may commute fines or sentences and issue pardons. The governor may also restore voting rights and overturn other political penalties on individuals.

Compensation

Contact information

Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:804-786-2211
Fax:804-371-6351

See also

External links

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