Pennsylvania Governor

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Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

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Mar 09, 2022 - Aug 01, 2022


The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Pennsylvania. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, the power to approve or veto bills passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature subject to a two-thirds override, and to convene the legislature for extraordinary session. The governor may grant pardons, reprieves, and commutations except in cases of impeachment, but only when recommended by the Board of Pardons. The Board of Pardons consists of the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, and three gubernatorial appointees, each of whom must be confirmed by a two-third vote of the Senate and who serves a six year term. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Appointing the Secretary of Education and all other offices not otherwise provided for, subject to the advice and two-third consent of the Senate; Requiring written information from the head of any executive department on any aspect of that department's work; Periodically addressing the General Assembly on the state of the state and making recommendation for legislation; Adjourning the legislature when the body cannot agree to do so itself, for a period not to exceed four months; Convening the Senate by special proclamation for the purposes of transacting executive business; Vetoing appropriation bills, subject to legislative override; Signing and sealing, with "The Great Seal of the State of Pennsylvania," all commissions granted by the state of Pennsylvania. The salary for this position is $187,818/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate petitions or papers. 2) Complete the required nomination petitions if you plan to run in a partisan primary, or complete nomination papers if you plan to run as an independent or as part of a minor political party in the general election. Next, submit either these nomination petitions or nomination papers to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office. 3) Submit the required nomination petitions to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office between the 13th Tuesday and the 10th Tuesday prior to the primary election or( if you plan to run as an independent) submit the required nomination papers to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office between the 10th Wednesday before the primary and August 1st. The Pennsylvania primary is held the fourth Tuesday of April during presidential election years and the third Tuesday of May during non-presidential election years. If August 1st falls on a weekend, then submit the nomination papers the first Monday of August. Independent (unaffiliated with a political party) must submit the nominating papers to appear on the ballot, not the nominating petitions. Nominating petitions are used by established political parties to appear on the ballot in lieu of a filing fee. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for more detailed instructions. If you have any questions please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation by phone at (717) 787-5280.

Submit application to:
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, 401 North St. , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120, US