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Ohio Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $21,334,826
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Ohio Constitution, Article III, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Jon Husted 2013.jpg
Name:  Jon Husted
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2010
Compensation:  $109,986
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Ohio Secretary of State is an elected executive position in the Ohio state government. The secretary is the state's chief election officer and keeper of the state seal. They license businesses and corporations and keep records of all official gubernatorial actions.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jon Husted (R). He was elected on November 2, 2010.[2]


The state Constitution establishes the office of the secretary of state in Article III, Section 1:

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor of state, treasurer of state, and an attorney general, who shall be elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, by the electors of the state, and at the places of voting for members of the General Assembly.


The state Constitution outlines the qualification to hold the office of secretary of state in Article VX, Section 4:

No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.

  • resident of Ohio
  • a qualified elector
  • at least 18 years old


Article III, Section 18 of the state Constitution addresses vacancies in state offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor to serve until the next general election in an even numbered year that occurs more than forty days after the seat becomes vacant.


The duties of the secretary of state in Ohio center on the office's three divisions: elections, business services, and records management.

  • serves as the state's chief election officer
  • certifies, publishes, and maintains a record of all official election results
  • appoints members to the board of elections
  • registers and keeps a current record of all corporations, partnerships, and limited liability partnerships
  • issues licenses for and maintains a registry of all notaries public
  • issues licenses for and maintains a registry of all ministers
  • maintains an official record of all government actions
  • helps provide public access to Ohio state government records


Ohio state government organizational chart

According to Article III, Section 1 of the state Constitution, the secretary of state in Ohio is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. For the secretary of state in Ohio, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are election years.

Term limits

The secretary of state is limited to two successive terms of four years. An individual may seek another term in office after a period of four or more years has elapsed.

Full history


See also: Ohio secretary of state election, 2014

Republican Jon Husted won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Secretary of State of Ohio, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Husted Incumbent 59.8% 1,811,020
     Democratic Nina Turner 35.5% 1,074,475
     Libertarian Kevin Knedler 4.7% 141,292
Total Votes 3,026,787
Election Results via Ohio Secretary of State.


  • The Business Filings Division records and files articles of incorporation for all Ohio businesses, approves mergers and consolidations, registers trademarks, trade names, and service marks.
  • The Elections Division oversees the entire elections process . The office enforces election laws, reviews petitions, and maintains campaign finance records.
  • The Records Division certifies all official state documents, maintains historical records, and issues licenses to ministers and notaries public.

State budget

See also: Ohio state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,334,826.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

As established in Article III, Section 19 of the Ohio Constitution, the secretary of state's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term. The secretary of state's annual salary is set by Title 1, Chapter 141 of the Ohio Revised Code.[4]


In 2014, the Ohio Secretary of State received a salary of $109,986, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the Ohio Secretary of State was paid an estimated $109,554. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2010, the Ohio Secretary of State was paid an estimated $109,554 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information


Ohio Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 466-2655
Toll Free: (877) 767-6446

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