Mississippi Secretary of State
|Mississippi Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$12,171,320|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Mississippi Constitution, Article VI, Section 133|
|Assumed office:||January 2008|
|Next election:||November 2015|
|Last election:||November 8, 2011|
|Other Mississippi Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Executive Director of Environmental Quality • Executive Director of Employment Security • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact Information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
|There shall be a secretary of state, who shall be elected as herein provided.|
|... 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
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.
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.
The office of secretary of state is not subject to term limits.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2003 for the office of Mississippi Secretary of State, Click [show] to expand the section.
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|... 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:
|Chief election officer|
|State land commissioner|
|Point of contact for businesses|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Administers and supervises all state land, including tax-forfeited property.
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.
- See also: Mississippi state budget and finances
The Secretary of State's budget for fiscal year 2013 was $12,171,320.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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. 
Summary of past officeholders. Since 1817, Mississippi has had 34 officeholders. One officeholder, H.C. Carter, served twice, non-consecutively.
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|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|2||John A. Grimball||1821||1833|
|3||D. C. Dickson||1833||1835|
|4||Barry W. Benson||1835||1837|
|6||T. B. Woodward||1839||1841|
|7||L. G. Galloway||1841||1843|
|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|
|19||Hiram R. Revels||1872||1873|
|20||H. C. Carter||1873|
|21||M. M. McLeod||1873|
|22||H. C. Carter||1873||1874|
|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|
|31||Heber Austin Ladner||1948||1980|
|32||Edwin Lloyd (Ed) Pittman||1980||1984|
|35||C. Delbert Hosemann, Jr.||2008||present||Republican|
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Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Mississippi Secretary of State
Post Office Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Phone: (601) 359-1350
Fax: (601) 359-1499
- Office of the Mississippi Secretary of State
- Official State of Mississippi Website
- Secretary of State, "Qualifications and Fees for Mississippi Candidates"
- Stennis Institute I&R paper
- Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, "About Delbert Hosemann," May 11, 2011
- '"Secretary of State, "Elections," May 11, 2011
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Public lands," May 11, 2011
- '"Secretary of State, "Public lands," May 11, 2011
- '"Secretary of State, "Business services," May 11, 2011
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "About Us - Home," accessed January 15, 2015
- State of Mississippi Joint Legislative Budget Committee, "Legislative Appropriations Bulletin FY 2013," 15," accessed June28, 2013
- 2013 Mississippi Code, “Salaries and Compensation, General Provisions,” accessed February 25, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 2, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 30, 2014
- Mississippi Secretary of State, History of the MS Secretary of State," May 10, 2011