Governors’ Power and Authority

Lesson Duration

“Governors, all of whom are popularly elected, serve as the chief executive officers of the fifty states and five commonwealths and territories.” Learn more with this reading that includes anĀ Overview, and information about Qualifications and Tenure, Legislative Role, Appointment Power, Executive Orders, Emergency Powers.


The National Governors Association (NGA) - The association's members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. Members come to the association from across the political spectrum, but NGA itself is nonpartisan.