Oklahoma Governor

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Apr 13, 2022 - Apr 15, 2022


The Governor of the State of Oklahoma is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Oklahoma. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms. Under the Oklahoma Constitution, the governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Oklahoma executive branch, of the government of Oklahoma. The governor is the ex officio commander-in-chief of the Oklahoma National Guard when not called into federal use. Despite being an executive branch official, the governor also possesses legislative and judicial powers. The governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the Oklahoma Legislature. The governor, according to the Oklahoma Constitution, must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." The governor is vested with "supreme executive power" as the state's "Chief Magistrate" and acts as head of the Executive department of Oklahoma, granting them the ability to issue executive orders which are binding through out the State of Oklahoma. The governor is the "conservator of the peace throughout the State," making them the chief peace officer in the state. In their position as chief peace officer, the governor is granted command over all state and local law enforcement agencies. Like the President of the United States, the governor plays a major role in the legislative process, even though legislative power is vested in the Oklahoma Legislature. Every bill which that is passed by both the Oklahoma State Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives, and every resolution requiring the assent of both chambers of the legislature, must, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor. The governor may choose to sign it or veto it and send it back to the legislature. The governor’s veto can only be overridden by a two-thirds approval vote from each house. The salary for this position is $147,000/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Oklahoma State Election 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. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including: a declaration of candidacy, appropriate campaign finance forms and either a filing fee or nominating petitions in lieu of a filing fee. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the filing fee or stipulated amount of signatures in lieu of a filing fee to the Oklahoma State Election Board. The amount of signatures varies by office. The filing period runs from the second Wednesday of April until the next succeeding Friday. The Oklahoma State Election Board is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Oklahoma State Election Board can be reached at (405) 471-2555 and the Oklahoma Statewide Filing Packet can be found here: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Candidate_Info/Candidate_Filing/

Submit application to:
Oklahoma State Election Board, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Room B6, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105, US