Pennsylvania Secretary of State
|Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$9,109,000|
|Authority:||Pennsylvania Constitution, Article VI, Section 1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Name:||Pedro A. Cortés|
|Assumed office:||January 20, 2015|
|Other Pennsylvania Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Appointments
- 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
|All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.|
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
There are no term limits imposed on the secretary of the commonwealth.
In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the Pennsylvania state senate before assuming office.
The department protects the public's health, safety and welfare by licensing more than one million business, health and real estate professionals; maintaining registration and financial information for thousands of charities soliciting contributions from Pennsylvanians; overseeing Pennsylvania's electoral process; maintaining corporate filings; and sanctioning professional boxing, kick-boxing and wrestling in the Commonwealth. The secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of the Commonwealth and has the duty of authenticating government documents through the seal's use. The secretary is also the Commonwealth's Chief Election Official.
By statute, the secretary is a member of the following boards and commissions:
- Chairman of the Pennsylvania Election Reform Task Force
- Chairman of the Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries
- The Board of Finance and Revenue
- The Board of Property
- The Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board
- The State Athletic Commission
- The Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness
- The Lobbying Disclosure Regulations Committee
The Department of State consists of five bureaus:
Bureau of Charitable Organizations
The Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains registration and financial records for more than 11,000 charities currently soliciting in Pennsylvania and 400 professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. The bureau is also responsible for administering the state charitable solicitation law.
|Contact the Bureau of Charitable Organizations|
Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation
The Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation is responsible for the electoral process of the commonwealth, including campaign finance, voter registration, and lobbying disclosure. The office also regulates notaries public.
|Contact Commissions, Elections, and Legislation|
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs "provides administrative and legal support to 29 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions," ranging from "physicians and cosmetologists to accountants and funeral directors."
|Contact Professional and Occupational Affairs|
The Corporation Bureau maintains records for the more than 2.6 million companies that conduct business in the commonwealth. It is also the central filing office for Uniform Commercial Code statements.
|Contact Corporation Bureau|
State Athletic Commission
The State Athletic Commission licenses over 900 professional boxers, mixed martial artists, kickboxers, and wrestlers. The commission also regulates events for these sports.
|Contact the State Athletic Commission|
- See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of State in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $9,109,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The secretary of state's salary is set by statute and subject to cost-of-living adjustments, also known as COLAs, pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law (amended in 1995). This law mandates that Pennsylvania executives' salaries "shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect."
Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.
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302 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-6458
Fax: (717) 787-1734
- Office of the Pennsylvania Secretary of State
- About the office of the Pennsylvania Secretary of State
- Wikipedia, Pennsylvania Secretary of State
Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.
- Onward State, "Meet The Seven Penn Staters Appointed To Tom Wolf’s Cabinet," February 10, 2015
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Bureau of charitable organizations," June 1, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Bureau of professional and occupational affairs," June 1, 2011
- Pennsylvania Budget Office, "2012-13 Enacted Budget - Act 9A," accessed April 10, 2013
- Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill: Act 51 of 1995," accessed February 20, 2015
- The Pennsylvania Bulletin, "NOTICES: Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions," December 27, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The Sunshine Review, "Pennsylvania state government salary," June 1, 2011