No place of misery, the Office of the Governor of Missouri aims to grow the state's economy and get Missourians jobs, affordable healthcare, and a higher education. The Office oversees the state's executive branch, signs off on potential legislation that comes from the General Assembly, and, overall, keeps a finger on the pulse of Missouri's needs. The Governor's office pursues a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the concerns of its residents, including agriculture, economic development, education, public safety, and natural resources, among several others. The Governor's 16-member cabinet reports to the office on a variety of subjects. Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon became the state's 55th governor in 2009.