New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Mississippi Secretary of State

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mississippi Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $12,171,320
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Mississippi Constitution, Article VI, Section 133
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Delbert Hosemann.jpg
Name:  Delbert Hosemann
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2008
Compensation:  $90,000
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
Other Mississippi Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerExecutive Director of Environmental Quality Executive Director of Employment SecurityPublic Service Commission
The Secretary of State for Mississippi is one of the constitutional officers of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The secretary of state is popularly elected every four years, and re-election is not restricted by term limits. The officeholder serves as Chief Elections officer for Mississippi, and is the official "keeper of the Capitol."

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican Delbert Hosemann. Hosemann was first elected in 2007 and won re-election in 2011.[1]


Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution establishes an office of Secretary of State:

There shall be a secretary of state, who shall be elected as herein provided.


Article 5, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution goes on to outline the qualifications for this office:

... He shall be at least twenty-five years of age, a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of his election, and he shall continue in office during the term of four years...
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of Mississippi for at least the five years before the day of their election


Mississippi state government organizational chart

The office of secretary of state is an elected position, with elections held every four years. Elections are held at the same time and for the same term as the governor.



See also: Mississippi Secretary of State election, 2015

There is a regularly scheduled election for secretary of state in 2015. Delbert Hosemann (R) is eligible for re-election. The primary election is scheduled for August 4, 2015, with the general election on November 3, 2015.

Term limits

The office of secretary of state is not subject to term limits.

Full history


Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Mississippi Secretary of State has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.


Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution details the initial duties of the secretary of state:

... and shall be keeper of the capitol; he shall keep a correct register of all official acts and proceedings of the governor; and shall, when required, lay the same, and all papers, minutes, and vouchers relative thereto, before the legislature, and he shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law...

The roles and responsibilities of the office of Secretary of State have necessarily evolved since the Constitution was written. Click [show] for more information about these expanded roles:


Business regulation and enforcement

This division regulates pre-need/perpetual care providers, enforces scrap metal laws in Mississippi and oversees administrative procedures for the state government.[6]

Business services

The business services division administers Mississippi's Corporation, Limited Liability Company and Uniform Commercial Code laws, handles business-related filings, issues notary commissions, registers correspondence schools, and administers trademark, service mark and non-profit laws.[6]

Education and publications

Receives and issues documents and publications of the state. This includes the Official and Statistical Register (more commonly known as the "Blue Book"), Promote the Vote and other educational outreach programs.<ref="MSdiv"/>


The elections division administers election code and enforces campaign finance and lobbying requirements. The secretary also acts as chief elections officer for Mississippi.[6]

Policy and research

The research and development arm of the agency, the staff of this division are constantly looking for new ways to streamline services and develop legislation.[6]

Public lands

Administers and supervises all state land, including tax-forfeited property.[6]

Securities and charities

This division is responsible for the administration of Mississippi's Uniform Securities Laws and charities and non-profits. It also investigates securities and charities fraud.[6]

State budget

See also: Mississippi state budget and finances

The Secretary of State's budget for fiscal year 2013 was $12,171,320.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: MS Code §25-3-31 (2013)MS Code §25-3-39 (2013)

Under Article 5, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution, the secretary of state’s salary is determined by law. MS Code states that no public official can be compensated, directly or indirectly, greater than 150 percent of the salary of the governor. [8]


In 2014, the secretary's salary was $90,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the secretary's salary was $90,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the secretary's salary was $90,000, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Summary of past officeholders. Since 1817, Mississippi has had 34 officeholders. One officeholder, H.C. Carter, served twice, non-consecutively.

Click "show" for former officeholders.[11]

# Name Took office Left office Party
1 Daniel Williams 1817 1821
2 John A. Grimball 1821 1833
3 D. C. Dickson 1833 1835
4 Barry W. Benson 1835 1837
5 David Dickson 1837 1839
6 T. B. Woodward 1839 1841
7 L. G. Galloway 1841 1843
8 Wilson Hemingway 1843 1847
9 Samuel Stamps 1847 1850
10 Joseph Bell 1850 1852
11 James A. Horne 1852 1854
12 William H. Muse 1854 1855
13 A. B. Dilworth 1855 1860
14 B. R. Webb 1860
15 C. A. Brougher 1860 1865
16 A. Warner 1865 1869
17 Henry Musgrove 1869
18 James Lynch 1869 1872
19 Hiram R. Revels 1872 1873
20 H. C. Carter 1873
21 M. M. McLeod 1873
22 H. C. Carter 1873 1874
23 James Hill 1874 1878
24 Kinloch Falconer 1878
25 D. P. Porter 1878
26 Henry C. Myers 1878 1886
27 George M. Govan 1886 1896
28 John Logan Power 1896 1901
29 Joseph Withers Power 1901 1926
30 Walker Wood 1926 1948
31 Heber Austin Ladner 1948 1980
32 Edwin Lloyd (Ed) Pittman 1980 1984
33 Dick Molpus 1984 1996 Democratic
34 Eric Clark 1996 2008 Democratic
35 C. Delbert Hosemann, Jr. 2008 present Republican

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Mississippi Secretary State."

Some of the stories below may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of Google's news search engine.

Mississippi Secretary of State - Google News Feed

  • Loading...

Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Mississippi Secretary of State
Post Office Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136

Phone: (601) 359-1350
Fax: (601) 359-1499

See also

External links

Suggest a link