Wyoming Secretary of State
|Wyoming Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$7,899,984|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Wyoming Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditors: Auditor • Director • Superintendent of Education • Director of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The current officeholder is Max Maxfield. He was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. His current term expires in 2014.
Article 4, Section 11:
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction...|
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors...|
- at least twenty-five (25) years of age
- a citizen of the United States
- qualified as an elector in the state of Wyoming
Article 4, Section 7 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill any office that becomes vacant, so long as there is not already a constitutional or legal method for filling the vacancy.
The Wyoming Secretary of State is the custodian of the great seal of Wyoming. They affix the seal to and countersign commissions, official acts of the governor, and other paperwork when required by law.
Additional duties of the secretary of state are outlines in Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 3 of the Wyoming Code. The secretary is the custodian of and preserves:
- All the public records, documents, acts and resolutions of the legislatures of the territory and state of Wyoming;
- All proclamations of the governor proclaiming the effectiveness of constitutional amendments, corporate revocations and any other proclamation designated as a permanent record by the governor. The secretary of state shall preserve all other proclamations of the governor for one (1) year and then deliver them to the department of state parks and cultural resources for destruction or preservation as it deems desirable;
- Property of the state when no other provision is made by law;
- Copies of all clemency documents signed by the governor, including pardons, commutations of sentence, reprieves, remissions of fine or forfeiture, and restorations of civil rights.
The office of Secretary of State is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. In Wyoming, secretary of state elections are held in 2010, 2014, and 2016.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Wyoming Secretary of State, Click [show] to expand the section.
The office of the secretary of state is comprised of five offices:
- The Administrative Support Division manages the office's budget and provides administrative and managerial support to the entire office. This division also maintains the records of Wyoming's notaries public.
- The Business Division maintains business records, including trademarks and trade names.
- The Compliance Division regulates stock brokers and securities traders. The division also investigates claims of securities fraud.
- The Elections Division oversees all elections in the state. The division maintains records of all campaign financing, election results, and registered lobbyists.
- The Technology Division provides technical support for the office. The division also maintains the secretary of state's official website.
The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $7,899,984.
In 2013, the secretary's salary remained at $92,000.
Wyoming officially became a state on July 10, 1890. On November 8, 1890, Amos W. Barber became the first Wyoming Secretary of State. Prior to that date, officeholders were known as Wyoming Secretaries of the Territory.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1869-Present|
|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Edward Merwin Lee||4/14/1869||5/25/1870||Republican|
|3||Jason B. Brown||5/1/1873||3/17/1875||Democratic|
|4||George W. French||3/17/1875||2/25/1879||Republican|
|5||Albertis Worth Spates||2/25/1879||4/1/1880||Republican|
|6||Elliot S.N. Morgan||4/1/1880||4/25/1887||Republican|
|7||Samuel D. Shannon||4/25/1887||7/1/1889||Democratic|
|8||John W. Meldrum||7/1/1889||11/8/1890||Republican|
|9||Amos W. Barber||11/8/1890||January 1895||Republican|
|10||Charles W. Burdick||January 1895||January 1899||Republican|
|11||Fenimore Chatterton||January 1899||January 1907||Republican|
|12||William Schnitger||January 1907||January 1911||Republican|
|13||Frank L. Houx||January 1911||January 1919||Democratic|
|14||William E. Chaplin||January 1919||January 1923||Republican|
|15||Frank E. Lucas||January 1923||January 1927||Republican|
|16||Alonzo M. Clark||January 1927||January 1935||Republican|
|17||Lester C. Hunt||January 1935||January 1943||Democratic|
|18||Mart T. Christensen||January 1943||10/12/1944||Republican|
|19||William "Scotty" Jack||10/12/1944||January 1947||Democratic|
|20||Arthur G. Crane||January 1947||January 1951||Republican|
|21||C.J. "Doc" Rogers||January 1951||January 1955||Republican|
|22||Everett T. Copenhaver||January 1955||January 1959||Republican|
|23||Jack R. Gage||January 1959||January 1963||Democratic|
|24||Thyra Thomson||January 1963||January 1987||Republican|
|25||Kathy Karpan||January 1987||January 1995||Democratic|
|26||Diana J. Ohman||January 1995||January 1999||Republican|
|27||Joseph B. Meyer||January 1999||January 2007||Republican|
|28||Max Maxfield||January 2007||Present||Republican|
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Wyoming Secretary of State
The Capitol Building, Room 106
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
Phone: (307) 777-7378
Fax: (307) 777-6217
- Governor: Matt Mead (R)
- Attorney General: Peter Michael (R)
- Auditor of State: Cynthia Cloud (R)
- Secretary of State: Max Maxfield (R)
- Director of Agriculture: Jason Fearneyhough
- Treasurer of State: Mark Gordon (R)
- Wyoming Code, "Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 3: Secretary of State," accessed August 21, 2011
- Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
- Wyoming Secretary of State website, "Duties," accessed August 21, 2011
- Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Secretary of State 2013-2014," accessed April 2, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed May 14, 2011
- Wyoming Secretary of State website, "Wyoming secretaries of state roster," accessed August 21, 2011