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The government of the Commonwealth of Virginia is established by the Virginia Constitution, providing for three separate but equal branches of government: the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial branch. This structure is modeled after the governmental system established for our Federal government in the United States Constitution.

Together, these three branches of government make, interpret, and execute the laws that govern the state. Each branch of government also constitutes a cornerstone of the “checks and balance” system, ensuring that the powers exercised both collectively and individually are ultimately held accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Branch Members

The Executive Branch

The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the Governor's Cabinet, and most state agencies.

The Legislative Branch

The General Assembly heads this branch. Branch is also comprised of a host of commissions, including the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) and the Auditor of Public Accounts.

The Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court of Virginia heads this branch, which includes the courts, the Virginia State Bar, etc.

Independent Agencies

A handful of state agencies that includes the State Corporation Commission, the Lottery Department and the Virginia Retirement System.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a state government interest or question that isn't addressed here, please see the “Find it Fast” feature on the Virginia.gov state portal site. You may also use their Live Help chat feature to ask your question; Live Help is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Capitol Renovations pictureFor a summary of current and planned Capitol Square renovations, check out the new Web site developed by the Department of General Services, which is overseeing the extensive 3-year project:  Capitol Square Improvements.

DGS has also published a report detailing these improvements. (pdf, 2.5 Mb)

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