Montana Secretary of State

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Montana Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
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
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Linda McCulloch.jpg
Name:  Linda McCulloch
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 2008
Compensation:  $88,099
Next election:  Term limited
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Secretary of State for Montana is one of the elected constitutional officers of executive branch of the U.S. state of Montana. The secretary of state is the keeper of the Montana state seal, and also serves on the Montana Board of Land Commissioners, which administers school trust lands.[1]

Current officeholder

The current Secretary of State is Linda McCulloch. She was first elected to the statewide position in 2008 and won re-election in 2012.[2]


The state Constitution addresses the office of secretary of state in Article VI, the Executive Department.

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


Montana state government organizational chart
See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

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.


See also: Montana secretary of state election, 2012

Incumbent Linda McCulloch (D) successfully won re-election, defeating Brad Johnson (R) and Roger Roots (L) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Montana Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McCulloch Incumbent 51.4% 245,024
     Republican Brad Johnson 45.1% 214,976
     Libertarian Roger Roots 3.5% 16,622
Total Votes 476,622
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.


The state Constitution addresses the duties of the secretary of state in [[Article VI, Montana Constitution#Section 4|Article VI, Section 4.[3]

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:[3]

  • 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.

State budget

See also: Montana state budget and finances

The Secretary of State's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $5,378,477 .[4]


Under Article VI, Section 5 of the Montana Constitution, the secretary of state's salary is fixed by law and the officeholder may not receive any other compensation while in office.

In 1995, the Montana legislature passed MCA 2-16-403 and MCA 2-16-405, which require the state's Department of Administration to conduct a salary survey every other year of elected officials for North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The salary for the secretary of state is determined by calculating the average salary of the secretary of states in the five states. The adjusted salary is effective July 1st of the year following the survey.[5]


In 2014, the secretary earned a salary of $88,099, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $86,018.[7]


In 2010, the Montana Secretary of State was paid an estimated $79,129 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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.[9]

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Contact information


Capitol Address:
Montana Secretary of State
Post Office Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801

Phone: (406) 444-2034
Fax: (406) 444-3976

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.