Montana Secretary of State
|Montana Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$5,378,477|
|Term limits:||Two terms in a 16 year period|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Montana Constitution, Article VI, Section 1 the Executive Department|
|Assumed office:||January 2008|
|Next election:||Term limited|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other Montana Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Director • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
Under Article VI, Section I:
The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state...
A candidate for secretary of state must be:
- at least 25 years of age or older at the time of election
- a citizen of the United States
- have resided within the state at least two years at his election
Article VI of the Montana State Constitution stipulates that the Secretary of State is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years. This statewide officer will, according to Article IV, Section 8, have served in that office or had he not resigned or been recalled would have served in that office 8 or more years in any 16-year period.
|Montana Secretary of State General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Linda McCulloch Incumbent||51.4%||245,024|
|Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.|
Details of vacancies are addressed under Article VI, Section 6.
If the secretary of state's office is vacant due to death, resignation, or disability, the Governor shall appoint a new secretary of state.
Under Article VI, Section 4(3):
The secretary of state shall maintain official records of the executive branch and of the acts of the legislature, as provided by law. He shall keep the great seal of the state of Montana and perform any other duties provided by law.
The secretary of state's Office is composed of five divisions:
- The Administrative Rules Services Division is the administrative law arm of the Secretary's office, filing rule notices, rule adoptions, and interpretations, and publishing the state register twice a month. The state's code of regulations, the Administrative Rules of Montana, is updated quarterly.
- The Business Services Division registers business entities, trademarks, assumed business names, and liens made under the Uniform Commercial Code and Federal Food Security Act.
- The Certification and Notaries Division licenses and trains notaries public and certifies documents.
- The Elections and Government Services division administers elections and voter registration. Campaign finance and lobbying is regulated by a separate agency, the Commissioner of Political Practices.
- The Records Management Bureau maintains the records of state and local governments.
The Secretary of State's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $5,378,477 .
Under Article VI, Section 5(1):
Officers of the executive branch shall receive salaries provided by law.
In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $86,018.
Since 1889, Montana has had 20 secretaries of state. Of the 20, 9 have been Republicans, 9 have been Democrats, one was a Populist and one had an unknown party affiliation. Three have died in office.
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Louis Rotwitt||November 1889||January 1897||Republican|
|2||T.S. Hogan||January 1897||January 1901||Populist|
|3||George M. Hays||January 1901||January 1905||Democratic|
|4||Abraham N. Yoder||January 1905||August 1911||Republican|
|5||Thomas M. Swindlehurst||August 1911||January 1913||Democratic|
|6||Adelbert M. Alderson||January 1913||December 1916||Democratic|
|7||Charles T. Stewart||January 1917||March 1927||Republican|
|8||Robert N. Hawkins||March 1927||April 1927||Democratic|
|9||William Powers||May 1927||April 1928||Party affiliation unknown|
|10||John W. Mountjoy||April 1928||January 1929||Democratic|
|11||William E. Harmon||January 1929||January 1933||Republican|
|12||Sam W. Mitchell||January 1933||June 1955||Democratic|
|13||S.C. Arnold||June 1955||January 1957||Republican|
|14||Frank Murray||January 1957||January 1981||Democratic|
|15||Jim Waltermire||January 1981||April 1988||Republican|
|16||Verner Bertelsen||April 1988||January 1989||Republican|
|17||Mike Cooney||January 1989||January 2001||Democratic|
|18||Bob Brown||January 2001||January 2005||Republican|
|19||Brad Johnson||January 2005||2009||Republican|
|20||Linda McCulloch||January 2009||Present||Democratic|
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Montana Secretary of State
Post Office Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
Phone: (406) 444-2034
Fax: (406) 444-3976
- Governor: Steve Bullock (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Angela McLean (D)
- Attorney General: Tim Fox (R)
- Auditor of State: Monica Lindeen (D)
- Secretary of State: Linda McCulloch (D)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Ron de Yong
- Office of the Montana Secretary of State
- About the office of the Montana Secretary of State
- Wikipedia, Montana Secretary of State
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.
- Montana Secretary of State, "About the Office" accessed January 17, 2013
- Montana Secretary of State Office, "Biography" accessed January 17, 2013
- Montana Secretary of State, "About Office" accessed January 17, 2013
- Montana 63rd Legislature, "Chapter 380," A-3, accessed June 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 22, 2011
- Montana Secretary of State, "History of the office," accessed December 3, 2011