Office of Government and
Community Relations

Wilson Hall, Room 123
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3682

Executive Office

headshot of Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) 

Term Ends: January 1, 2023

State Capitol
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-3400
Phone: (517) 335-7858 - constituent services

headshot of Garlin Gilchrist

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist (D)

Term Ends: January 1, 2023

George W. Romney Building
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: (517) 373-6800

headshot of Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) 

Term Ends: January 1, 2023

Richard H. Austin Building
P.O. Box 30204
Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 373-2540

headshot of Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel (D)

Term Ends: January 1, 2013

G. Mennen Williams State Office Building
P.O. Box 30212
Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 335-7622

The executive power is vested in the governor, who is responsible for the faithful execution of the laws of the state.

Elected by the people to a 4-year term, the governor:
  • Supervises the principal departments of the executive branch and appoints members to state boards and commissions;
  • May direct an investigation of any department of state government and may require written information from executive and administrative state officers on any subject relating to the performance of their duties;
  • May remove elective and appointive officers of the executive branch for cause, as well as elective county, city, township, and village officers;
  • Submits messages to the legislature and recommends measures considered necessary or desirable;
  • Submits an annual state budget to the legislature, recommending sufficient revenues to meet proposed expenditures;
  • May convene the legislature in extraordinary session;
  • May call a special election to fill a vacancy in the legislature or the U.S. House of Representatives, and may fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate by appointment;
  • May grant reprieves, commutations of sentences, and pardons;
  • May seek extradition of fugitives from justice who have left the state and may issue warrants at the request of other governors for fugitives who may be found within this state;
  • Signs all commissions, patents for state lands, and appoints notaries public and commissioners in other states to take acknowledgments of deeds for this state;
  • Serves as chairperson of the State Administrative Board, which supervises and approves certain state expenditures, and has veto power over its actions; and
  • Serves as commander-in-chief of the state’s armed forces.

The lieutenant governor is nominated at party convention and elected with the governor:

  • Term of office, beginning in 1966, changed from 2 years to 4 years;
  • Serves as President of the Michigan Senate, but may vote only in case of a tie; 
  • May perform duties requested by the governor, but no power vested in the governor by the Constitution of 1963 may be delegated to the lieutenant governor;
  • Is a member of the State Administrative Board and would succeed the governor in case of death, impeachment, removal from office, or resignation. 

Secretary of State

In Michigan, the secretary of state is not only responsible for elections, but also oversees vehicle registration and the licensing of automobile drivers, similar to a motor vehicles regulator in other states. The officeholder also oversees and regulates notaries public and is the keeper of the Great Seal of Michigan. The Michigan secretary of state is third in the governor of Michigan line of succession and acts in that capacity if both the office of governor and lieutenant governor of Michigan are vacant or if both are temporarily out of the state.

Attorney General

The Attorney General of Michigan is an elected office in the state of Michigan. The attorney general oversees the Office of the Attorney General which is in charge of prosecuting the laws of the state of Michigan. The attorney general is an elected position up for election each alternate even-numbered year. Per the Michigan constitution of 1963, it is a four-year term of office, and as amended in 1993, there is a two term limit. Originally this was an appointed position until the 1950 State Constitution.