Governor of Maine

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Governor of Maine
Seal of the Governor of Maine.svg
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Incumbent
Paul LePage

since January 5, 2011
Style The Honorable
Residence The Blaine House
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder William King
Formation March 15, 1820
Salary $70,000
Website maine.gov/governor

The governor of Maine is the chief executive of the State of Maine. Before Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820, Maine was part of Massachusetts and the governor of Massachusetts was chief executive.

The current governor of Maine is Paul LePage, a Republican, elected in the 2010 elections. The next election will be held in 2014.

The governor of Maine receives a salary of $70,000, which is the lowest of the 50 state governors. [1]

Eligibility[edit]

Under Article V, Section 4, a person must as of the commencement of the term in office, be 30 years old, for 15 years a citizen of the United States, and for five years a resident of Maine. A governor must retain residency in Maine throughout his or her term. Section 5 provides that a person shall not assume the office of Governor [2]while holding any other office under the United States, Maine, or "any other power".

Elections and terms of office[edit]

Governors are elected directly for four-years terms, with a limit of two consecutive elected terms. Thus, a governor can serve an unlimited number of terms, as long as they serve no more than two in a row.[3] Elections are by popular vote, but if two people tie for first place, the Legislature meets in joint session to choose between them.[4]

Executive powers[edit]

The governor is commander-in-chief of "the army and navy of the State, and of the militia" (the Maine National Guard) except when under federal control.[5] The governor generally has the power appoint civil, military, and judicial officers (aside from probate judges and justices of the peace) subject to confirmation by the Legislature unless the Maine Constitution or a statute has provided another means of appointment.[6] He or she also has the power to grant pardons, reprieves, and commutations except in cases of impeachment. This clemency power also includes juvenile offenses.[7]

Cabinet[edit]

The Governor oversees the executive branch, which includes Maine's state agencies. His cabinet is often considered to be the state's commissioners, which are generally nominated by the governor but legally chosen by the Maine Legislature.

Current Cabinet[edit]

As of April 2014, the current cabinet is as follows:[8]

The LePage Cabinet
Office Name Since
Governor Paul LePage 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Administrative & Financial Services H. Sawin Millett Jr.[9] 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Walter E. Whitcomb 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Corrections Vacant[10] 2014
Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management James Campbell 2012
Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development George Gervais 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Education Jim Rier [11] 2014
Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection Patricia Aho 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Health & Human Services Mary Mayhew 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Chandler Woodcock 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources Patrick C. Keliher 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety John Morris 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Transportation David Bernhardt 2011
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Jeanne Paquette 2012
Commissioner of the Department of Professional & Financial Regulation Anne Head 2011
Office of Policy and Management Richard Rosen 2012

Succession[edit]

Maine is one of six states that does not have an office of lieutenant governor. Under current law, if there is a vacancy in the office of governor, the president of the Maine Senate becomes governor. The current Senate president is Democrat Justin Alfond. [12]

Official residence[edit]

The Blaine House in Augusta is the official governor’s mansion, and is located across the street from the Maine State House. It became the official residence in 1919, and is named for James G. Blaine, who once owned the mansion. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and it was built by Captain James Hall in 1833.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/governors-salaries-currently-range-from-70000-to-187256-85899486275
  2. ^ Maine Constitution Article 5 URL, http://www.maine.gov/legis/const/#a5
  3. ^ Constitution of Maine, Article V, Section 2.
  4. ^ Constitution of Maine, Article V, Section 3
  5. ^ Constitution of Maine, Article V, Section 7.
  6. ^ Constitution of Maine, Article V, Section 8.
  7. ^ Constitution of Maine, Article V, Section 11.
  8. ^ http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/cabinet/cabinet.shtml
  9. ^ Millett has announced his retirement effective May 30th. "Maine finance Commissioner H. Sawin Millett to retire". Kennebec Journal. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  10. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/11/news/midcoast/joseph-ponte-maines-corrections-chief-leaving-for-similar-job-in-new-york-city/
  11. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/02/12/politics/legislative-committee-strongly-endorses-lepages-choice-for-education-commissioner/?ref=search
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ http://www.blainehouse.org/

See also[edit]