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The Government of Mississippi is the government of the U.S. state of Mississippi.

Mississippi's government is distributed by the Mississippi Constitution to the executive branch, legislative branch and judicial branch.

Executive branch

See also: List of Governors of Mississippi, List of Lieutenant Governors of Mississippi, State Treasurer of Mississippi, and Mississippi Attorney General

Executive authority in the state rests with the governor of Mississippi, currently held by Phil Bryant. The Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, currently held by Tate Reeves (R), is elected on a separate ballot. Both the governor and lieutenant governor are elected to four-year terms of office. Unlike the federal government, but like many other U.S. States, most of the heads of major executive departments are elected by the citizens of Mississippi rather than appointed by the governor.

Mississippi is one of only five states that elects its state officials in odd numbered years (others being Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Virginia). Mississippi holds elections for these offices every four years in the years preceding Presidential election years. Thus, the last year when Mississippi elected a Governor was 2015, and the next gubernatorial election will occur in 2019.

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