Although the 1776 Constitution created a weak executive, in line with most other revolutionary state constitutions, each of the subsequent Virginia constitutions has taken important steps toward empowering the executive. First, at a fundamental level, steps have been taken to render the Governor independent of the General Assembly and the now defunct Council of State. Originally, the Governor was selected by the General Assembly and shared the executive power with a Council of State whose members were also selected by the General Assembly. The 1851 Constitution...
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