Guide to Missouri’s Government
Missouri’s state government is organized into three branches: the Legislative Branch, the Judicial Branch and the Executive Branch.
- The Legislative Branch, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, is responsible for creating and appealing state law.
- The Judicial Branch is responsible for interpreting the law and consists of the Missouri Courts, including the Missouri Supreme Court and appellate courts.
- The Executive Branch, headed by the Governor, consists of all state elective and appointive employees and is responsible for executing the laws of the state.
Within the Executive Branch are six statewide elected officials and sixteen executive departments. To learn more about Missouri’s elected officials and executive departments, please select one from the lists below.