Governor of Virginia

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

The current officeholder is Bob McDonnell.

Qualifications

Candidates for the office of Governor of Virginia must be:

  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Virginia for at least 5 years
  • at least 30 years old

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  • 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.

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

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