Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri is the Head of State for Sabah. He is elected by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong after receiving advice from the Chief Minister of Sabah.
Under the State Constitution, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri is elected for a period of four years.
The Yang di-Pertua Negeri uses his executive power according to the State Constitution and makes desicions based on the advice from the Cabinet or the Chief Minister. However, he may also act on his own discretion in performing the following functions:
An agreement by the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri is needed on all laws and regulations approved by the State Legislative Assembly.
The present Yang di-Pertua Negeri is Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin. He is the 10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri and was elected on 1 January 2011.
16 September 1963 - 1965
Tun Datu Haji Mustafa bin Datu Harun
16 September 1965 - 1973
Tun Pengiran Haji Ahmad Raffae
16 September 1973 - 1975
Tun Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens
1975 - 1978
Tun Mohd. Hamdan (formerly Datuk Indan Kari)
26 June 1978 - 1979
Tun Ahmad Koroh
27 June 1979 - 1987
Tun Datuk Mohamad Adnan Robert
1987 - 1994
Tun Mohd. Said bin Keruak
01 January 1995 - 31/12/2002
Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Sakaran bin Dandai
01 Janurary 2003 - 31/12/2010
Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Ahmadshah bin Abdullah
01 January 2011 - sekarang
Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin