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Texas: The Plural Executive Branch. 1876 Constitution Created: Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Comptroller of Public Accounts Treasurer Commissioner of the General Land Office Attorney General. Elected Officials Later Added to the Executive Branch.

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texas the plural executive branch
Texas: The Plural Executive Branch
  • 1876 Constitution Created:
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Treasurer
  • Commissioner of the General Land Office
  • Attorney General
elected officials later added to the executive branch
Elected Officials Later Added to the Executive Branch
  • Agriculture Commissioner
  • Railroad Commission (3 Members)
  • State Board of Education (15 Members)
texas constitution requirements for governorship
Texas Constitution:Requirements for Governorship
  • At least thirty years old
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Resident of Texas for at least 5 years
  • No individual can be excluded from office for religious beliefs provided he acknowledges “the existence of a Supreme Being.”
appointive and removal powers of the governor
Appointive and Removal Powers of the Governor
  • Governor appoints members of over 200 Boards and Commissions that oversee agencies created by state law
  • Most board members serve six-year staggered terms.
  • Appointment requires approval of two-thirds approval in the senate
  • Senatorial Courtesy: A senator can block the nomination of person who lives in their district.
lieutenant governor
Lieutenant Governor
  • Elected separately from Governor.
  • Second Highest Ranking Official in the State
  • Replaces Governor in the event of death, incapacitation, removal from office, or voluntary resignation from office.
  • Presides over State Senate.
  • Chairs the Legislative Budget Board.
texas executive and bureaucracy 21st century directions
Texas Executive and Bureaucracy: 21st Century Directions
  • The Fragmented Executive
  • The Governor’s Role
  • The Ever-Present Bureaucracy