The governor, lieutenant governor and eight other top statewide elected officials.
Typically, the council meets monthly to approve land purchases, condemnations and right-of-way easements, but it also sometimes deals with weightier issues.
In February of 2007, the Council of State was asked to approve an execution protocol that would involve doctors. It voted 7-3 in favor.
The first female member of the Council of State was Janice Faulkner, who was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt in March of 1996.
That fall, Elaine Marshall became the first elected member of the Council of State when she won the race for that same position.
In 2008, voters elected the first female majority — six of 10 members — on the Council of State, including governor, schools superintendent, auditor, treasurer, labor commissioner and secretary of state.