The state of Texas may be big and looks very powerful, but compared to the other 49 states, our governor is fairly weak in office. Texas Governor is bound by the Constitution and a Plural Executive Branch that prevents the Governor from having any power to do an effective job. My intent is to describe and share my opinion.
Texas is weak because of the Reconstruction era where a constitution was written by radical republicans and union army officers to create a powerful governor that followed the Civil War. This period after the Civil War had given Republican Governors extensive executive powers and they dispersed this power independently. However when reconstruction ended the Constitution was written in 1876 this stripped the Governor of most of his power and Texas governors are still plagued with the reconstruction after 130 years.
With the Constitution the Texas governor is one of several who are elected to become officials who share the power of the plural executive branch. The Plural executive branch consist of the Lt. Governor who presides over the Senate, The Comptroller who handles the public account and state’s taxes, the Attorney General who is the state’s lawyer, the Agriculture Commissioner is the Administer of public lands, Land Commissioner protect the state’s environment, and the Railroad Commissioner who regulates transportation and oil, gas and other mining industries. Because of too many independent officials they prevent the governor from having too much power and also the power to reorganize and overlook the roadblocks so that the governor can do an effective job.
The president is a single executive structure and head of our nation and the commander and chief of the armed forces and has the power to approve or deny what laws will be allowed or vetoed by Congress. The president selects his officials in the United States government and can remove them also. In Texas, the voters select the government officials and the governor...