What is the head executive of a state government called?


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The head of the executive branch in all 50 states and five commonwealths of the United States is known as a governor. The range of powers that each governor exerts over her state varies, depending on the distribution of power in the constitution of that particular state.

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One of the universal powers governors wield is the ability to veto legislation. The qualifications to become the governor of a state vary with respect to each state or commonwealth. Some states require a governor to be at least 35 years of age, while other states have no age requirement. Every state and commonwealth has a four-year term for governors, except New Hampshire and Vermont, where the term is two years.

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