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In the United States Senate all states are represented equally. Regardless of size or population, each state has two senators, who serve six-year terms. The Senate shares full legislative power with the House of Representatives. In addition, the Senate has exclusive authority to approve–or reject–presidential nominations to executive and judicial offices, and to provide–or withhold–its “advice and consent” to treaties negotiated by the executive. The Senate also has the sole power to try impeachments.

 

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The House is the larger of Congress’s two legislative bodies. Its membership is based on the population of each individual state. By law, its current membership is set at 435 Representatives, plus nonvoting delegates from the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. The House possesses the sole authority to impeach federal officials and, in the case of indecisive Electoral College results, to elect a president. While revenue and spending bills traditionally originate in the House, the Senate may amend them as with any other piece of legislation.

 

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The governor is the chief executive of the state and oversees the executive branch. He or she is the chief law enforcement officer and the commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces.

 

The governor shall “take care that the laws are faithfully executed and shall be the conservator of the peace” in the state. This power to enforce laws is almost identical to that of the president of the United States. He or she has the power to veto legislation, although the Georgia General Assembly can override the governor's veto with a two-thirds majority in each chamber.

 

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As the second highest elected official in the state and the President of the Senate, the Lieutenant Governor presides over debate in the Senate chamber and works with advocates to introduce legislation. In the event that the Governor is incapacitated, the Lieutenant Governor exercises those executive powers until either the Governor's recovery or the expiration of the gubernatorial term.

 

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The Attorney General is the chief legal adviser for the Governor, as well as for all state agencies, boards, and commissions. The office represents the State of Georgia in all civil cases before any court and in all cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Attorney General also prepares contracts and agreements, prosecutes public corruption cases, and oversees the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He cannot, by law, provide legal advice to private citizens.

 

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The Georgia Secretary of State registers voters, tracks annual corporate filings, grants professional licenses, and oversees the state's securities' market.

 

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The Georgia Superintendent of Schools is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The superintendent is the administrative head of the Georgia of Department of Education, which oversees the state's K-12 public education system. The superintendent is charged with instituting the policies of the state Board of Education and managing operations for the school system. The superintendent is popularly elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years.

 

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The Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The commissioner heads the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for regulating and promoting Georgia’s agriculture industry. Like many Georgia state executive officers, the commissioner is elected to four year-terms during federal midterm election years.

 

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The Georgia Commissioner of Labor is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The commissioner is responsible for implementing the state's labor regulations, operating its unemployment insurance and rehabilitation programs and producing statistics and research covering the Georgia labor market.

 

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The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is a state executive position in the Georgia state government. The commissioner heads the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which is responsible for regulating the state's insurance industry and ensuring fire safety in the state. The commissioner is elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years.

 

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The Georgia Public Service Commission is a quasi-executive, quasi-legislative state body responsible for regulating Georgia’s public utilities -- that is, electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation firms. Unlike many similar bodies nationwide, the Georgia commission does not regulate water/sewer or gas providers. The commission is composed of five popularly elected members who serve staggered, six-year terms.

 

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