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SALARIES OF STATE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

SALARIES OF STATE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. The Constitution of 1876 originally set the salaries for the officers in the executive branch of the state government. The governor received $4,000 annually; the attorney general, $2,000, plus fees not to exceed $2,000; the secretary of state, $2,000; and the comptroller of public accounts, the state treasurer, and the commissioner of the General Land Office, $2,500 each. In 1936 the constitution was amended to provide the following annual salaries: governor, $12,000; attorney general, $10,000; and other executive officials, $6,000 each. Constitutional stipulation of salaries received by executive officers was removed by a series of constitutional amendments in 1954, and the legislature was empowered to determine them. In 1968 state executive salaries were as follows: governor, $40,000; attorney general, $27,500; commissioner of the General Land Office, $26,000; secretary of state, $19,000; and comptroller of public accounts and state treasurer, $26,000 each. In 1972 a constitutional amendment, effective in 1975, increased the terms of the executive officers from two to four years. In 1973 salaries again increased as follows: governor, $63,000; attorney general, $33,000; commissioner of the General Land Office, $33,000; secretary of state, $29,500; and comptroller of public accounts and state treasurer, $33,000 each. Generally, compensation has been increased every two years; the following annual salaries were paid during the fiscal year 1977: governor, $66,800; attorney general, commissioner of the General Land Office, comptroller of public accounts, and state treasurer, all $42,300; and secretary of state, $39,900. The lieutenant governor, although a part of the executive branch, does not have any executive functions; his annual salary is the same as that paid to members of the legislature. By 1991 the governor's salary had increased to $93,432. The offices of attorney general, land commissioner, comptroller, and state treasurer each paid $74,698, while the secretary of state received $72,549.

Dick Smith

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Handbook of Texas Online, Dick Smith, "Salaries of State Executive Officers," accessed June 28, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mbs03.

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