Social Studies - 2019-20
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
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
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