Office of the Governor

Present Duties

view of the state capital in Spring
The State Capitol in Salem houses the ceremonial office of the Governor. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The governor is the chief executive of Oregon. The Oregon Constitution charges the governor with faithfully executing the laws, making recommendations to the Legislature and transacting all necessary business of state government.

The governor provides leadership, planning and coordination for the executive branch of state government. She appoints many department and agency heads within the executive branch and members to nearly 300 policymaking, regulatory and advisory boards and commissions. The governor proposes a two-year budget to the Legislature, recommends a legislative program each regular session and may also call special sessions. She reviews all bills passed by the Legislature, may veto measures she believes are not in the public interest and shall fill vacancies by appointment.

The governor chairs the State Land Board, which manages state-owned lands, acts as the superintendent of public instruction, directs state government coordination with local and federal governments and is commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces. 

The governor appoints judges to fill vacancies in judicial office, has extradition authority and may grant reprieves, commutations and pardons of criminal sentences. 

If the office of governor becomes vacant, the office passes, in order, to the secretary of state, state treasurer, president of the Senate and speaker of the House of Representatives. There is no lieutenant governor in Oregon. 

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information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: State Capitol Bldg., 900 Court St. NE, Suite 254, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-378-3111
Fax: 503-378-8970
Contact: Kate Brown, Governor
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 176
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the governor's background and role

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The Oregon State Archives website has extensive records from Oregon governors.
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