In addition to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Michigan's voters elect two other executive branch officials statewide - the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. While candidates for the governor's office are chosen in the August primary election, candidates for the others are nominated at the regular year between presidential elections (voters cast one vote jointly for Governor and Lieutenant Governor). An amendment to the constitution adopted by the voters in 1992 limits these elected executives to two terms (eight years). This limitation applies to terms if office beginning on or after January 1, 1993.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) works to assure food safety, protect animal and plant health, sustain environmental stewardship, provide consumer protection, enable rural development and foster efficient administration operations through service, partnership and collaboration.
The Michigan Attorney General is the top lawyer for the State of Michigan. When public legal matters arise, the Attorney General’s Office renders opinions on matters of law, and provides legal counsel for the legislature and for each officer, department, board, and commission of state government. The Attorney General’s Office provides legal representation in court actions and assists in the conduct of official hearings held by state agencies.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), investigates and resolves discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws.
The Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) is a bipartisan commission that regulates conditions of employment for classified civil service workers in all of the departments of the executive branch of state government.
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) administers Michigan's adult prison, probation, and parole systems. The department has jurisdiction over all adults convicted of felonies who are sentenced to prison. Convicted felons who are not sentenced to prison terms are either sentenced to a county jail term or are supervised in the community through a system called probation. Probation services for felons are provided by the department for the various felony courts in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, carries out the policies of the State Board of Education. The department implements federal and state legislative mandates in education.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) promotes wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) strives to promote better health outcomes, reduce health risks, and support stable and safe families while encouraging self-sufficiency.
The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is responsible for regulating Michigan's financial industries, including banks, credit unions, insurance, mortgage companies, and other consumer finance lenders.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) supports business growth and job creation while safeguarding Michigan's citizens through a simple, fair, efficient and transparent regulatory structure.
The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), also known as the state military establishment, executes the duties laid down by various statutes and the governor, administers state-supported veterans programming, and assists both state and federal authorities through military preparedness. The Michigan Army and Air National Guard constitute the armed forces of the state and serve under the orders of the governor as commander-in-chief.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
The Michigan Department of State (SOS) is the oldest department of Michigan state government and is administered by the secretary of state. The department serves the citizens of Michigan with programs designed to administer driver and vehicle systems, enhance traffic safety, protect consumers, ensure integrity of records maintained and oversee the statewide elections process.
The Michigan State Police (MSP) provides 24-hour statewide law enforcement and public safety services throughout Michigan. Its primary responsibilities are to reduce the opportunities for crime, reduce traffic accidents through diligent and fair enforcement of the law, and act as a first responder to any citizen's needs that can be addressed through the resources of the criminal justice system.
The Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan (TED) focuses on building talent with in-demand skills while helping state business grow and thrive. TED consists of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) and the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) promotes a unified approach to information technology management and provides centralized administration of services including auditing, budgeting, employee resources, financial services, fleet management, mail, printing, property management, purchasing, records management, and retirement services for departments and agencies in the executive branch of state government.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for Michigan’s 9,669-mile state highway system, comprised of all M, I and US routes. MDOT also administers other state and federal transportation programs for aviation, intercity passenger services, rail freight, local public transit services, the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF), and others.
The Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) is responsible for collecting, disbursing, and investing all state monies. The department advises the Governor on all tax and revenue policy, collects and administers over $20 billion a year in state taxes, and safeguards the credit of the state. The department is also responsible for the fiscal health of Michigan’s local governments and schools.