Governor of California

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The Governor of California is the chief executive of the California state government, whose responsibilities include making annual "State of the State" addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, and ensuring that state laws are enforced. The position was created in 1849, before California became a state.

The current governor is Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who was elected on October 7, 2003, to complete recalled Democratic Governor Gray Davis' term, and reelected on November 7, 2006, defeating California State Treasurer Phil Angelides of the Democratic Party. His current term will expire on January 3, 2011.

The current governor-elect is Jerry Brown, a Democrat who was elected on November 2, 2010, and prior to that served as Governor of California from 1975-1983. If Brown serves for more than two years and nine months into his term, he will surpass Earl Warren as the longest-serving governor in terms of cumulative service in California history.

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Gubernatorial elections and term of office

Governors are elected by popular ballot and serve terms of four years, with a term limit of two terms, if served after November 6, 1990.[2] Governors take office on the first Monday after January 1 after their election.

Gubernatorial removal

There are two methods available to remove a governor before the expiration of the gubernatorial term of office.

Impeachment and removal by the legislature

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