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The Government of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the governmental structure of the state of Pennsylvania as established by the Pennsylvania Constitution. It is composed of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The capital of the Commonwealth is Harrisburg.

Executive branch

The elected officers are:

Tom Wolf (D)
Mike Stack (D)
Lieutenant Governor 
Josh Shapiro (D)
Attorney General 
Eugene DePasquale (D)
Auditor General 
Joe Torsella (D)
State Treasurer 

In Pennsylvania all members of the executive branch are not on the ballot in the same year: elections for governor and lieutenant governor are held in even years when there is not a presidential election, while the other three statewide offices are elected in presidential election years.


The Governor's Cabinet comprises the directors of various state agencies:

Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Health and Welfare Building within the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex
  • Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)
  • Department of Aging
  • Office of General Counsel (OGC)
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Corrections (DOC)
  • Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Department of General Services (DGS)
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
  • Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS)
  • Office of the Budget
  • Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Department of Human Services (formally Department of Public Welfare) (DHS)
  • Department of Labor & Industry (L&I)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
  • Office of Administration (OA)
  • Department of Education (PDE)
  • Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

The Pennsylvania Bulletin is the weekly gazette containing proposed, enacted and emergency rules and other notices and important documents, which are codified in the Pennsylvania Code.

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