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Governor of Michigan
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Incumbent
Rick Snyder

since January 1, 2011
Style The Honorable
Residence Michigan Governor's Mansion
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Stevens T. Mason
Deputy Brian Calley
Salary $159,300 (2013)
Website http://www.michigan.gov/snyder

The governor of Michigan is the head of the executive branch of Michigan's state government and serves as the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto appropriation bills passed by the Michigan Legislature; the power to convene the legislature; and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment. He or she is also empowered to reorganize the executive branch of the state government.

Michigan was originally part of French and British holdings, and administered by their colonial governors. After becoming part of the United States, numerous areas of what is today Michigan were originally part of the Northwest Territory, Indiana Territory and Illinois Territory, and administered by territorial governors. In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created, and five men served as territorial governors, until Michigan was granted statehood in 1837. Forty-eight individuals have held the position of state governor. The first female governor, Jennifer Granholm, was elected in 2003.

After Michigan gained statehood, governors held the office for a two-year term, until the 1963 Michigan Constitution changed the term to four years. The number of times an individual could hold the office was unlimited until a 1992 constitutional amendment imposed a lifetime term limit of two four-year governorships. The longest-serving governor in Michigan's history was William Milliken, who was promoted from lieutenant governor after Governor George W. Romney resigned, then was elected to three further successive terms.

Other high offices held

Several governors also held other high positions within the state and federal governments. Eight governors served as U.S. House of Representatives members, while seven held positions in the U.S. Senate, all representing Michigan. Others have served as ambassadors, U.S. Cabinet members, and state and federal Supreme Court justices.

* Denotes those offices for which the governor resigned the governorship.
Governor Gubernatorial term Other offices held Source
Cass, LewisLewis Cass 1813–1831 (territorial) President pro tempore of the Senate, Ambassador to France, U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic Party candidate for President of the U.S. (1848)
Woodbridge, WilliamWilliam Woodbridge 1840–1841 Territorial Delegate
McClelland, RobertRobert McClelland 1852–1853 U.S. Secretary of the Interior*
Alger, Russell A.Russell A. Alger 1885–1887 U.S. Secretary of War
Brucker, Wilber M.Wilber M. Brucker 1931–1933 U.S. Secretary of the Army
Murphy, FrankFrank Murphy 1937–1939 High Commissioner to the Philippines, U.S. Attorney General, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Governor-General of the Philippines
Williams, G. MennenG. Mennen Williams 1949–1961 Ambassador to the Philippines, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
Romney, George W.George W. Romney 1963–1969 U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development*
Blanchard, JamesJames Blanchard 1983–1991 Ambassador to Canada
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