Even the smallest state in the union needs a leader. The Executive Office of the State of Rhode Island, i.e. the governor, is elected to a four-year term in general elections. As the head of Rhode Island government, the governor makes policy recommendations to both Senate and the House of Representatives. Additional responsibilities include convening special sessions of the Legislature, appointing cabinet-level officers and members of boards and commissions, and a host of ceremonial head-of-state duties. In Rhode Island the governor is also responsible for for finding his or her own housing as it's one of the few state's that doesn't provide a Governor's Residence.