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Texas governor - By Loren Miller THE ROLE OF GOVERNOR THE...

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Unformatted text preview: By Loren Miller THE ROLE OF GOVERNOR THE ROLE OF GOVERNOR Citizens expect the governor to play many roles Chief Legislator: there is an expectation that a governor will have an agenda of legislation to recommend Party Chief: there is an expectation that a governor will be the head of their political party Ceremonial Duties: there is an expectation that a governor will attend many functions and represent the state Intergovernmental Coordinator: there is an expectation that a governor will coordinate activities with other state government and with the national government Crisis Manager: there is an expectation that a governor will provide strong leadership in times of natural or manmade disaster LEGAL REQUIREMENTS at least 30 years of age a United States citizen a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding election Compared to US PRACTICAL REQUIREMENTS personal wealth and/or ability to raise large sums of money previous public service lawyers or business executives middle-aged protestant white male east of I-35 COMPENSATION OF GOVERNORS COMPENSATION OF GOVERNORS 1. 1. California California $206,500 $206,500 50. Maine 50. Maine $70,000 $70,000 2. 2. New York New York $179,000 49. Arkansas $179,000 49. Arkansas $81,000 $81,000 3. 3. Michigan Michigan $177,000 48. Tennessee $177,000 48. Tennessee $85,000 $85,000 4. 4. New Jersey New Jersey $175,000 $175,000 47. Colorado 47. Colorado $90,000 $90,000 5. 5. Virginia $175,000 46. North Dakota Virginia $175,000 46. North Dakota $92,500 $92,500 6. 6. Pennsylvania Pennsylvania $164,400 45. Oregon $164,400 45. Oregon $93,600 $93,600 7. 7. Illinois Illinois $155,600 44. West Virginia $155,600 44. West Virginia $95,000 $95,000 8. 8. Washington $151,000 43. Louisiana Washington $151,000 43. Louisiana $95,000 $95,000 9. 9. Connecticut $150,000 42. Indiana Connecticut $150,000 42. Indiana $95,000 $95,000 10. 10. Maryland $150,000 Maryland $150,000 41. Arizona 41. Arizona $95,000 $95,000 28. Texas $115,400 National Average: $124,400 SUCCESSION TO OFFICE If the governor dies or leaves office for any reason, the Lieutenant Governor advances to the office of governor. In Texas, the Lieutenant Governor becomes acting governor whenever the governor leaves the state. When Governor Perry was running for president, the Lieutenant Governor became acting governor. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE The Governor of Texas can be removed from office by impeachment: The Texas House charges (impeaches) The Texas Senate determines the outcome Jim Ferguson (1915-1917) was impeached and convicted for misuse of state funds (actually because of his fight with the UT Board of Regents) Some states, but not Texas, allow the recall of governors TENURE If the governor dies or leaves office for any reason, the Lieutenant Governor advances to the office of governor....
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