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Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Tom Wolf

since January 20, 2015
Residence Governor's Residence
Term length Four years
renewable once
Inaugural holder Thomas Mifflin
Formation December 21, 1790
Deputy Michael J. Stack III
Salary $187,256 (2013)

The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the head of the executive branch of Pennsylvania'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, and the power to approve or veto bills passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature and to convene the legislature. The governor may grant pardons except in cases of impeachment, but only when recommended by the Board of Pardons.

There have been seven presidents and 46 governors of Pennsylvania, with two governors serving non-consecutive terms, totaling 55 terms in both offices. The longest term was that of the first governor, Thomas Mifflin, who served three full terms as governor in addition to two years as president. The shortest term belonged to John Bell, who served only 19 days as acting governor after his predecessor resigned. The current governor is Tom Wolf, whose term began on January 20, 2015.

Other high offices held

This is a table of other governorships, congressional and other federal offices, and ranking diplomatic positions in foreign countries held by Pennsylvania governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Pennsylvania except where noted.

† Denotes those offices from which the governor resigned to take the governorship.
Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held Source
House Senate
Joseph Reed 1778–1781 Delegate to the Continental Congress; elected to the U.S. House but declined his seat.
John Dickinson 1782–1785 President of Delaware, Delegate to the Continental Congress from Delaware, Delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin 1785–1788 Minister to France, Minister to Sweden
Thomas Mifflin 1790–1799 President of the Continental Congress
Thomas McKean 1799–1808 President of Delaware, President of the Continental Congress
Simon Snyder 1808–1817 Some records say he was elected to the U.S. Senate, but some only say state senate. The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress has no record of a U.S. Senate term.
William Findlay 1817–1820 S
Joseph Hiester 1820–1823 H†
George Wolf 1829–1835 H†
William Bigler 1852–1855 S
James Pollock 1855–1858 H
Andrew Gregg Curtin 1861–1867 H Ambassador to Russia
John W. Geary 1867–1876 Governor of Kansas Territory
William A. Stone 1899–1903 H†
John K. Tener 1911–1915 H†
George Howard Earle III 1935–1939 Ambassador to Austria†
Edward Martin 1943–1947 S
James H. Duff 1947–1951 S
William Scranton 1963–1967 H Ambassador to the United Nations
Dick Thornburgh 1979–1987 U.S. Attorney General
Tom Ridge 1995–2001 H U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

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