Social Studies - 2018-19

CE.7d - Roles and Powers of the Governor

The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the state level by

d) describing the roles and powers of the executive branch and regulatory boards.

Adopted: 2015



The executive branch of the Virginia state government enforces the laws and plays a key role in the policymaking process.


Ways the executive branch influences policymaking

 Proposes biennial budget

 Proposes legislation

 Approves veto or line-item veto bills

The governor of Virginia exercises the formal powers granted by the Virginia Constitution.

In carrying out both the formal and informal powers of the office, the governor fills several roles, including

 chief of state: ceremonial head of the state government

 chief legislator: proposer of the legislative agenda

 chief executive: head of the executive branch of state government

 party chief: leader of the political party that controls the executive branch

 commander-in-chief: head of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia

 chief citizen: representative of all Virginians.

Cabinet secretaries and departments, agencies, commissions, and regulatory boards

 administer laws and enforce laws

 create regulations to monitor aspects of business and the economy

 provide services.


Updated: May 16, 2018