executive row

The Governor serves as the Executive of Pennsylvania. He or she is responsible for approving or vetoing laws passed by the General Assembly, subject to a two-thirds override.

Tour of the Governor's Residence
Gov. Ed Rendell
Gov. Mark Schweiker

legislative row

Pennsylvania's General Assembly consists of two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The main task of these two bodies is to make laws.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
PCN Tours the Capitol

judicial row

Pennsylvania's judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the state Constitution, and deciding cases.

Justice Thomas Saylor, PA Supreme Court Justice
Judge Marjorie Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals. Third Circuit

elections row

Pennsylvanians are called to vote as part of their civic duty in a democratic government. To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be 18 years of age and a resident of the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to the election.

How to Run for Office
Citizenship Challenge

media row

The Media are responsible for covering events and reporting information to the public through various means, including print, electronic, and digital channels.

The Role of the Media in Government

cont_edu rowContinuing Education

This section includes panels and forums centered on topics of interest to adults. Themes include voting, judicial independence, and the Constitution.

Constitution 101, National Constitution Center
How Government Works
Judicial Independence, Widener University
Voting in America
Why Courts Matter, NAACP
For additional resources of Civics education please see: The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement
The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

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