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The government of Nevada comprises three branches of government: the executive branch consisting of the Governor of Nevada and their cabinet along with the other elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Nevada Legislature which includes the Assembly and the Senate; and the judicial branch consisting of the Supreme Court of Nevada and lower courts.

Executive

The Governor of Nevada and their cabinet, along with the other elected constitutional officers, constitute the executive branch.

Governor

Nevada Govenors Mansion
The Governor's Mansion in Carson City

The Governor of Nevada is the chief magistrate of Nevada, the head of the executive department of the state's government, and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Nevada Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.

The governor has a four-year term. To be elected governor, a person must be at least 25 years old, and must have been a citizen of Nevada for at least two years, at the time of election. The Lieutenant Governor of Nevada is not elected on the same ticket as the governor.

The current Governor is Republican Brian Sandoval.

Cabinet

The Governor's cabinet is composed of the heads of the several state agencies of Nevada:

  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Director of the Department of Administration
  • Director of the Department of Agriculture
  • Director of the Department of Business and Industry (B&I)
  • Director of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
  • Director of the Department of Corrections
  • Director of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
  • Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction of the Department of Education
  • Director of the Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR)
  • Director of the Nevada State Office of Energy
  • Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Director of the Nevada Indian Commission
  • Chief Information Officer of the Division of Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS)
  • Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Adjutant General of the Nevada Military Department and Nevada National Guard
  • Director of the Department of Personnel (DOP)
  • Director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Director of the Department of Transportation (NDOT)
  • Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Services
  • Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife

State agencies

Major state agencies and elected offices include:

  • Nevada Attorney General and the Department of Justice
  • Nevada State Treasurer
  • Nevada Secretary of State
  • Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Consumer Health Assistance
  • Nevada State Controller
  • Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Nevada Commission on Economic Development
  • Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Division of Minerals, Commission on Mineral Resources
  • Department of Personnel
  • Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Public Employees Benefit Program
  • Public Employees Retirement System
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Department of Taxation
  • Commission on Tourism
  • Universities and Community Colleges of Nevada
  • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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