What does a governor do?

A US state governor is the elected executive responsible for running the state government. He (or she) is in charge of the National Guard for the state, is responsible for enforcing state laws, and either signs legislation to make it effective or vetoes it.

The governor coordinates many of the activities between the federal government and the counties and cities in the state.

Basic roles:
  • directs state government
  • commander in chief of the state national guard
  • may present bills to legislature
  • may call special sessions of the legislature
  • signs (approves) or vetoes bills
  • can pardon (forgive and free) people convicted of state crimes