The Governor's Appointment Responsibility
The authority to make governmental appointments is one of the powers given to the Governor of Texas by the state's constitution. During a four-year term, a Governor will make about 3,000 appointments.
The Governor's Office encourages all Texans to participate in Texas government and seeks the most qualified candidates for appointed positions. Most of the appointments require the appointee to be a qualified voter. A "qualified voter" is defined as a person who:
1. Is 18 years of age or older;
2. Is a United States citizen;
3. Has not been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
4. Has not been convicted of a felony (fulfillment of sentence and pardon exceptions available);
5. Is a resident of Texas;
6. Is a registered voter.
After completing a State Appointment Application, it is sent, along with a resume and photograph, to the Governor's Appointments Office. Once an application is submitted, it is entered into the appointments system and the applicant is sent an acknowledgment letter. When it is time for the Governor to make an appointment in which the applicant has expressed an interest, the Appointments Office reviews statutory requirements that pertain to the appointment and gathers information on professional and personal experience necessary or preferable for the position. For a majority of appointments, a potential nominee must be approved by his or her Senator prior to formal appointment by the Governor. Recommendations are made to the Governor, who makes the final decision. All candidates interviewed will be informed by letter of the Governor's selection.
The appointments process for boards and commissions, by virtue of the procedure prescribed in the Constitution of the State of Texas, requires that the nomination of a person by the Governor be confirmed by the Texas Senate. The Senate considers the confirmation of an appointment when they are in session, which is every odd-numbered year, or when the Governor calls a Special Session. Many boards require the disclosure of personal financial information. Many require a nominee to file a Financial Disclosure Statement with the Ethics Commission prior to Senate confirmation.
Where to Obtain an Application
To download a State Appointment Application or to view more information regarding the appointments process and a listing of available appointments go to: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/appointments
You may also contact the Governor's Appointments Office at (512) 463-1828 or (512) 475-2576.