Basic Guide to Government and Politics In The United States : Pt. 3

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Basic Guide to Government and Politics In The United States : Pt. 3

Wendy Carter, Reporter and Treasurer

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This will be the third and last installment of Basic Guide to Government and Politics in the United States. In this installment we will be addressing the topic of candidates running for public office and the major titles people can run for.


President of the United States: The President of the United States is elected every four years. The previous years incumbent can run for re-election the next year and can only hold this office for two terms of four years, for a grand total of eight years altogether. The President is both Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. His job is assigned by the second article in the constitution saying that he is to enforce laws treaties and  court rulings. The President is here to help prepare the national budget and appoint federal officers. As Commander- in- Chief he is responsible for all branches of the Army (Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps). He gives the orders of where troops should be positioned, where resources are needed ,and  how and when weapons are to be used.

United State Senators: There are two senators picked in each state that serve one six year term. The senators jobs include writing and passing laws, approving many presidential appointments, and ratifying treaties with other countries.

Governor: The Governor serves a maximum of two terms, each including four years, like the president. The duties assigned to the Governor include signing or vetoing bills passed by the Legislature and serving as commander-in-chief of the state’s military forces.

Attorney General:The term of the Attorney General is two years. They are elected in 43 states, seven states do not elect an attorney general. The attorney General advises on legal matters to the President, the Cabinet, and to the heads of the executive departments and agencies of the government.

Representative in Congress:  The Representative in congress serves two-year terms and is reconsidered for election every even year. They are responsible for introducing bills and resolutions, offer amendments, and serve on committees for individual states.


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