Mississippi Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 05, 2019

Filing Window

Jan 01, 2019 - Mar 01, 2019


The Governor of the State of Mississippi is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Mississippi. This office is elected to four-year terms in the odd-numbered year preceding a presidential election. The governor serves as commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the state, and of the militia, except when they shall be called into the service of the United States, and sees that all laws are upheld and executed. The governor may convene the legislature whenever, in his judgment, the public interest requires it, according to the state constitution. However, during such meetings the governor has cannot consider or act upon subjects or matters other than those designated in the proclamation of the meeting, except impeachments and examination into the accounts of state officers. The governor has the power to grant reprieves and pardons and to remit fines. Their power does not extend to cases of treason or impeachment and must be exercised with the advice and consent of the Senate. As a privilege of the office, the governor may keep and use the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Requiring written information from any officer of an executive department of any aspect of his office, Periodically addressing the legislature on the state of the state and making recommendations, Suspending county level, Treasurers and Tax Collectors who are suspected of defaulting for the length of the investigation, and making and sealing all commissions granted by the state of Mississippi. The salary for this position is $122,160/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Mississippi Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including the appropriate campaign finance forms, and if you plan to run as an independent a nominating petition form. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions as the filing window will differ from the independent candidate filing window. 3) If you plan to run as an independent candidate, submit the nominating certificate with the stipulated amount of verified signatures to the Mississippi Secretary of State Elections Division by the filing deadline. The amount of required nominating petition signatures varies by office. The filing deadline for independents is 60 days before the general election and signatures may not be collected before January 1st the year of the election. The Mississippi Secretary of State Elections Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Mississippi Secretary of State Elections Division can be reached at 1-800-829-6786 and the 2016 Mississippi Elections Candidate Qualifying Guide can be found here: https://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/2016%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide%20fixed.pdf

Submit application to:
Mississippi Secretary of State , 401 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS, 39201, US