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The Constitution of 1790 and succeeding constitutions have placed supreme executive power in the Office of the Governor. As the chief executive officer of the Commonwealth, the Governor is responsible for directing and supervising the activities of the administrative departments, boards and commissions under his authority in order to insure the faithful execution of the laws of the Commonwealth. The Governor is the commander-in-chief of the military forces of the state, except when they are called into federal service. Legislative and judicial powers, including the remission of fines, the commutation of sentences, the granting of reprieves and pardons in conjunction with the recommendations of the Board of Pardons, and the right to veto bills of the General Assembly, are vested with the chief executive. The Governor is also responsible for submitting the state budget for consideration by the legislature. Though Senate confirmation is required for some appointments, either directly or indirectly, the Governor controls the appointment of patronage positions within most state administrative agencies. The Governor is elected for a four-year term and may succeed him or herself for an additional term.

Please Note: The organizational units supporting the Governor's Office, such as the Secretary of Administration, Office of the Budget, Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, etc., have always been scheduled and accessioned by the State Archives as Public Records, and are thus all listed here under Record Group 10. However, it has only been since the administration of Governor Robert Casey that the actual records of the governor have been dealt with in that manner. Therefore, for records of governors prior to Governor Casey, please also refer to our list of Manuscript Groups. For official photographs of Governors John S. Fine, George M. Leader, David L. Lawrence, William Scranton, and Raymond P. Shafer, please see series Photographic Unit's Governor's File of Photographs and Negatives, 1950-1968 {#12.13} within the Records of the Department of Highways.

Governor John F. Hartranft, 1873-1879

Governor Robert P. Casey, 1987-1995

For Governor Casey's personal records, see Manuscript Group 406, the Robert P. Casey Collection

Governor Thomas J. Ridge, 1995-2001

Governor Mark S. Schweiker, 2001-2003

Governor Edward G. Rendell, 2003-2011

Governor Thomas W. Corbett, Jr., 2011-2015

Executive Office

Office of Administration

Secretary of Administration

Bureau of Affirmative Action

Office of the Chief Clerk

Office of Policy and Planning

Office of the Budget

Office of General Counsel

Pennsylvania Energy Office

Council for Sexual Minorities

Council of National Defense & Committee of Public Safety

Council on the Arts

Governor's Advisory Council on Alcoholism

Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

Governor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Health Planning

Governor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Retardation Planning

Governor's Committee of 100,000 Pennsylvanians

Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Governor's Mortgage Commission

Job Mobilization Committee

Pennsylvania Commission for Women

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Pennsylvania Selective Service Headquarters

State Planning Board

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PA State Archives Hours, Directions, & Fees Research Topics Finding Aids for Collections Land Records