7 Facts About the State of the State Address


The State of the State Address is a speech customarily given once each year by the governors of each of the states of the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

A governor is, in most cases, a public official with the power to govern the executive branch of a non-sovereign or sub-national level of government, ranking under the head of state.

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The speech is customarily delivered before both houses of the state legislature sitting in joint session, with the exception of the Nebraska Legislature, which is a unicameral body.

A joint session or joint convention is, most broadly, when two normally separate decision-making groups meet together, often in a special session or other extraordinary meeting, for a specific purpose.

In government, unicameralism is the practice of having one legislative or parliamentary chamber.

The Nebraska Legislature is the supreme legislative body of the state of Nebraska.


The speech is given to satisfy a constitutional stipulation that a governor must report annually, or in older constitutions described as being "from time to time", on the state or condition of a U.S. state.


The potentially unclear name reflects the dual meanings of the word "state"; the first refers to the general condition of a thing, and the second refers to the political conception of a state.


There are also many cities in the United States in which the mayor gives a State of the City address.

The State of the City Address - or State of the City Speech - is a speech customarily given once each year by the mayors of many cities in the United States and Canada, and commonly called as State of the City Address or State of the Municipality Address in the Philippines.


Some American counties have county executives give a State of the County/Parish address, though these are much more rare.


The analogous address given by the President of the United States is known as the State of the Union address.

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