State Executive Branch: STEP 3
Office of the Governor
The Honorable Nathan Deal
State Capitol Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
The Governor of Georgia is the head of the state Executive Branch and can be elected to no more than two four year terms. In accordance with the Georgia Constitution, elections take place every four years, beginning with 1986. Therefore, the next election for Governor will be in 2010.
The Governor must be at least 30 years of age and a citizen of the United States for 15 years before assuming office. He or she also must have resided in Georgia for six years immediately before his or her election. If the Governor can no longer perform his or her duties due to illness, death, or resignation, the Lieutenant Governor will finish the term of the Governor until the next general election.
The Governor of Georgia is charged with executing the laws and is "the conservator of the peace throughout the state." He or she is also the commander-in-chief of any military forces in the state and fills any vacancies that may occur due to death or resignation.
In the Legislature, the Governor has the ability to veto bills from either chamber of the General Assembly, and only a two-thirds majority vote from both houses can override a gubernatorial veto. As with the President of the United States, the Governor makes many appointments to head state agencies. Unlike the President, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and several commissioners are popularly elected in Georgia, and not appointed by the Governor.
I encourage you to visit the Governor's website. Additionally, the official Georgia website has wonderful links to information about Georgia, and I hope you will take time to familiarize yourself with our state.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, my office is ready and available to provide assistance. Click here to proceed to STEP 4: Contact a Seventh District Caseworker.