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State Constitutional offices

Timeline for Elections

Nomination: Papers may be picked up on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Each candidate must get 40 signatures from people in their party (except for Supreme Court Justice and Superintendent of Public Instruction- they can be from either party.) There are roughly 350 delegates in each party, and a person may only sign one paper for EACH position. 

Nomination Papers Due: Monday at 10:00 pm. 

Primary Speeches: Tuesday at 8:30 am. Candidates will speak to their party (Supreme Court Justice and Superintendent of Public Instruction will speak to both parties)

Primary Election: Tuesday at 4:00 pm

General Election Speeches and Q&A: Wednesday at 8:00 am. Winners of the Primary Elections will speak and answer questions in front of all delegates

General Election: Wednesday at 10:00 am

Elected State Constitutional Offices and Descriptions


  • Is the chief executive officer of the State of Badger. Represents all citizens.

  • Makes appointments to Boards and Commissions (seven appointments).

  • Signs bills into law, or exercises the power of veto.

  • Visits Girls State cities/counties for special occasions.

  • Prepares three speeches  Inaugural, message to the joint session of the legislature, and remarks at the closing general assembly.

  • Usually invited to attend the American Legion Auxiliary State Convention in July to give a short message on the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State session.

IN WISCONSIN: The Governor is the state's chief executive and is responsible for the administration of state government and is elected on a party ticket every four years. Through the budget making process, the Governor reviews and supervises the activities of all administrative departments; reports to the legislature on programs he/she would like enacted; may call the legislature into special session; and can veto bills passed by the legislature. One of the principal duties of the Governor is to make appointments - administrative heads of state agencies and numerous members of boards, commissions and councils; is authorized by law to make temporary appointments to some elected offices when vacancies occur. As ceremonial head of state, the Governor represents the state at interstate and national meetings. 

Lieutenant Governor:

  • Acts in the Governor's absence.

  • Makes three appointments.

  • May represent the Governor of American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State at a dedication of a county, city or state park or building.

IN WISCONSIN: The Lieutenant Governor becomes acting governor when the Governor is out of the state or is unable to carry out duties due to temporary disability. If the incumbent Governor should die, resign or be removed from office, the Lieutenant Governor serves as Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Secretary of State:

  • Collects financial statements from candidates for Senate, Assembly and state offices. Keeps records of those who report.

  • Regulates lobbying. (Check on register of lobbyists; record county totals.)

  • Files records with the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State Director.

  • Makes three appointments.

IN WISCONSIN: The Secretary of State has charge of publishing all new constitutional amendments, storing all official state records, registering of lobbyists, recording of trademarks, issuing of notary public commissions, and filing of financial disclosure statements of public officials.

State Treasurer:


  • Collects taxes from city treasurers.

  • Turns in the tax collection to the ALABGS office with a written city by city report.

  • Reports total tax collection at Inauguration.

  • Makes three appointments.


The State Treasurer has official responsibility for the state's funds, is in charge of securities which represent investments of various state funds and securities and money deposited under statutory requirements. The Treasurer acts as registrar for general obligation bonds and keeps records of bonds authorized, issued and redeemed.

Attorney General:


  • Is legal advisor to Governor, other officials, and members of the Assembly and Senate.

  • Is in charge of the Department of Justice office and Department of Consumer Affairs. Plan some official statements to be announced at city or county meeting. (Submit copy to Director.)

  • Makes three appointments


The Attorney General and the Department of Justice provide the legal services for the state and its agencies. In addition to advising state and county officials on legal questions, they provide legal representation to the state in court. A staff of 7080 Assistant Attorney Generals is necessary to handle the various functions of this office.

Supreme Court Justice (Non-partisan):


  • Appoints a Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility. (Selects seven attorneys, one per county, sets time, swears in.)

  • Investigates cases of unprofessional conduct by lawyers and files complaints for disbarment or other discipline. 


The Supreme Court is the final authority on the state constitution. The Justices of the Supreme Court consider cases of statewide concern. They decide on cases after studying briefs, or in some cases, after hearing oral arguments. No testimony is taken. Decisions are in writing and published. Justices are elected for a ten year term and the chief justice of the Supreme Court is elected for a term of 2 years by a majority of the justices then serving on the court. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction (Non-partisan):

  • Provides direction and supervision of public elementary and secondary education.

  • Administers state aid program. Issues statement of special emergency aids from existing funds.    

  • Provides professional supervision and consultation to local school districts.

  • Makes three appointments.

  • Meets with school board members and superintendents at a breakfast meeting at the Badger School Board Association Convention on Thursday morning.

  • Files report with the Director summarizing each school district’s scenario response and budget work. 


The Superintendent of Public Instruction directs the activities of the Department of Public Instruction which has responsibility for overall direction and supervision of public elementary and secondary education in Wisconsin.

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