Executive Branch

Megan Cosgrove and Lacey Focht

Federal Executive Branch

  1. The President of the United States has Executive power. Currently, Barack Obama has Executive power.
  2. The Executive Branch is responsible for enforcing laws
  3. The roles of the president are chief of state, chief executive, chief administrator, chief diplomat, commander in chief, chief legislator, party chief, and chief citizen.
  4. Major departments that make up the President's cabinet is Treasury, Education, Defense, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Secretaries of Agriculture, etc.

Maryland State Executive Branch

  1. The Executive power is vested in the state Governor, who currently has it is Larry Hogan.
  2. The Executive Branch implements and enforces Maryland's laws and provides executive direction to government.
  3. The governor thus heads the executive branch in each state or territory and can have control over government budgeting.
  4. Major departments that make up the Governor Executive Council are Secretary of State, Secretary of Aging, Secretary of Agriculture, etc.


The federal and state executive branches are very similar because even though, they have different authority in charge of the orders, the goal or job is basically the same thing. Both executive branches are in charge of enforcing laws and providing direction to the government.