State Elected Officials

 

State Officials

 

Governor
Tom Wolf

The governor is the chief executive officer of the State government and coordinates all offices. The governor serves as the face of the government, much like the mayor or president. Other powers and responsibilities include signing or vetoing legislation, appointing various government officials, submitting the annual budget to the legislature, and issuing executive orders. The governor is also the commander-in-chief of the State military. The governor is directly elected and serves terms of four years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The governor must be a US citizen, at least 30 years old, and have lived in Pennsylvania for seven years before their election.

Lieutenant Governor
John Fetterman

The lieutenant governor supports the governor and fills their role when required, such as in a medical emergency. Think of the vice-president, but at the state level. The lieutenant governor is the president of the State senate and has voting power to break ties. The lieutenant governor is directly elected, serving four-year terms, with a maximum of two terms. The lieutenant governor must be a US citizen, at least 30 years old, and have lived in Pennsylvania for seven years before their election.

Attorney General
Josh Shapiro

The attorney general is the top prosecutor of the State. This role oversees hundreds of prosecutors, investigators, attorneys, agents, and support staff and investigates a broad range of cases. The attorney general also has the discretion to set a policy agenda, such as by deciding not to pursue certain types of cases. The attorney general is directly elected, serving four-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The attorney general must be a US citizen, at least 30 years old, a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and have lived in Pennsylvania for seven years before their election.

State Treasurer
Joseph Torsella

The state treasurer is responsible for overseeing all of the State’s finances, including all of the expenses, revenues, and over $100 billion in assets. This office oversees finance staff and conducts regular reports on State finances. The state treasurer is directly elected, serving four-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Auditor General
Eugene DePasquale

The auditor general is the top fiscal and programmatic oversight office for the State. This office oversees auditors who conduct required annual audits of the whole State government. The auditor general also decides to investigate special cases outside of annual audits, depending on resources available. This is a directly elected office, serving four-year terms, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

 

State Representatives

State Representatives are one part of Pennsylvania’s bicameral legislature, much like the House of Representatives of Congress at the Federal level. They create, propose, and vote on legislation. Pennsylvania has 203 State Representatives who are directly elected by district for two-year terms. There are no term limits. State Representatives must be at least 21 years old, inhabitants of Pennsylvania for four years, and inhabitants of their district for one year before their election.

 
 

State Senators

State Senators are one part of Pennsylvania’s bicameral legislature, much like the Senate of Congress at the Federal level. They create, propose, and vote on legislation. Pennsylvania has 50 State Senators who are directly elected by district for four-year terms. There are no term limits. State Senators must be at least 25 years old, inhabitants of Pennsylvania for four years, and inhabitants of their district for one year before their election.