Their power is derived directly from the Imperator, who appoints each praetor with his supreme power to act in his name. As such, praetors are responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. As state leaders, praetors advance and pursue new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, among them executive orders, executive budgets, and legislative proposals and vetoes. Praetors carry out their management and leadership responsibilities and objectives with the support and assistance of department and agency heads, many of whom they are empowered to appoint. A majority of praetors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submitted by a nominations committee.