Wisconsin Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Apr 15, 2022 - Jun 01, 2022


The Governor of the State of Wisconsin is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Wisconsin. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit. The governor of Wisconsin is responsible for ensuring that the laws of Wisconsin are carried out (ยง 4), and is also required to "communicate to the legislature, at every session, the condition of the state, and recommend such matters to them for their consideration as he may deem expedient." The governor is the commander-in-chief of the militia of the state. If it is deemed necessary, the governor may also convene extraordinary sessions of the state legislature. The governor has the power to pardon or commute sentences or grant reprieves, except in cases of treason or impeachment. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Vetoing bills, including appropriations, subject to a majority override of the legislature and provided the governor does not alter the meaning of a bill or a word in it by striking out individual letters; Reconvening the legislature away from the seat of government in the case of emergency, attack, or epidemic; Transacting all civil and military business of the state and expediting all measures resolved upon by the legislature; Issuing writs of election to fill vacancies in either chamber of the legislature; Making appointments to fill any vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court or any Court of Record; Nominating an appointee if the office of the lieutenant governor becomes vacant, subject to confirmation by both the Senate and the General Assembly. The salary for this position is $144,423/year.

Application Guidelines
Disclaimer: The State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is currently being replaced with two separate commissions; one concerned with elections, and one concerned with ethics. The contact information is subject to change but the deadlines to file are not. To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Inquire as to whether the position has a primary election before the general election and if the position is partisan or nonpartisan. 2) Complete the required ballot access forms and submit the ballot access forms to the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The type of ballot access forms to be submitted depend on whether the office you are running for is partisan or nonpartisan. If you plan to run for a partisan office as a partisan candidate, please contact your local party headquarters for more information. If you plan to run as a independent candidates for partisan office, the forms to be filed include a Declaration of Candidacy (GAB-162) and nomination papers (GAB-168). 3) Submit the required ballot access papers to the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Nomination papers can be filed as soon as April 15th and are due by 5:00pm June 1st (unless June 1st is a holiday or a weekend, then the filing deadline is the next business day) in order to appear on the November general election ballot. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board by phone at (608) 266-8005. Ballot Access forms can be found here for federal positions: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/candidates/federal and here for state positions: http://www.gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/candidates/state

Submit application to:
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, 212 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI, 53703, US