Wyoming Secretary of State

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Wyoming Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $7,899,984
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Ed Murray
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2015
Compensation:  $92,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Wyoming Executive Offices
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The Wyoming Secretary of State is an elected executive position in the Wyoming state government. The secretary is the chief election officer in the state. Responsible for handling the business affairs of the state, the secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of Wyoming and serves as the "acting governor" when the governor is not available.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Republican Ed Murray. He was first elected in 2014 and was sworn in as the 21st Wyoming Secretary of State on January 5, 2015.[2]


The secretary of state's authority is derived from Article 4 of the Wyoming Constitution.

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...


Article 4, Section 6 of the state constitution also establishes the qualifications of the office:

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:

  1. All the public records, documents, acts and resolutions of the legislatures of the territory and state of Wyoming;
  2. 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;
  3. Property of the state when no other provision is made by law;
  4. 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.[3]


Wyoming state government organizational chart

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.

Term limits

There are no term limits for this office.[4]

Full history


See also: Wyoming secretary of state election, 2014

Republican Ed Murray won election on November 4, 2014.

Secretary of State of Wyoming, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Murray 76.6% 119,772
     Constitution Jennifer Young 12.1% 18,918
     Libertarian Kit Carson 10.8% 16,858
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 859
Total Votes 156,407
Election Results via Wyoming Secretary of State.


The office of the secretary of state is composed 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.[5]
  • The Business Division maintains business records, including trademarks and trade names.[5]
  • The Compliance Division regulates stock brokers and securities traders. The division also investigates claims of securities fraud.[5]
  • The Elections Division oversees all elections in the state. The division maintains records of all campaign financing, election results, and registered lobbyists.[5]
  • The Technology Division provides technical support for the office. The division also maintains the secretary of state's official website.[5]

State budget

See also: Wyoming state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $7,899,984.[6]


DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 9, Chapter 3 of the Wyoming Statutes

Title 9, Chapter 3, Article 1 (§9‑3-101) of the Wyoming Statutes sets the secretary of state's annual salary at $92,000.[7] The amount of compensation the secretary of state receives is fixed by law, pursuant to Article 4, Section 13 of the Wyoming Constitution. Under this article, the salaries of the secretary of state and other constitutionally specified executives "shall not be increased or diminished during the period for which they were elected, and all fees and profits arising from any of the said offices shall be covered into the state treasury."


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $92,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2013, the secretary received a salary of $92,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2010, the secretary received a salary of $92,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]

Historical officeholders

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.[11]

There have been eight Secretaries of the Territory and 21 Secretaries of State. Of those 28, 22 have been Republican and seven have been Democratic.

State profile

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153.

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 3.6 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 5.8 in 2010, trailing the national average of 87.4. Wyoming experienced a 2.8 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, exceeding a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[12]


Wyoming fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Wyoming residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wyoming was $57,406 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 10.9 percent poverty rate in Wyoming during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2013[12]
Race Wyoming (%) United States (%)
White 92.7 77.7
Black or African American 1.7 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 1.2
Asian 0.9 5.3
Two or More Races 1.9 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.7 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[13][14]
Year Democratic vote in Wyoming (%) Republican vote in Wyoming (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 27.6 68.2 51.1 47.2
2008 32.4 64.4 52.9 45.7
2004 28.8 68.2 48.3 50.7
2000 27.3 66.7 48.4 47.9

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[15]

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Contact Information


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
E-mail: secofstate@state.wy.us

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Wyoming Secretary of State, "Homepage," accessed January 6, 2015
  2. Wyoming Secretary of State, "About the Secretary," accessed January 6, 2015
  3. Wyoming Code, "Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 3: Secretary of State," accessed August 21, 2011
  4. Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Wyoming Secretary of State website, "Duties," accessed August 21, 2011
  6. Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Secretary of State 2013-2014," accessed April 2, 2013
  7. Wyoming Legislative Service Office, "Wyoming Statutes: Title 9 - Administration of Government: Chapter 3 - Compensatin and Benefits: Article 1 - Salaries and Expenses," accessed February 25, 2015
  8. Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
  9. Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
  10. The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed May 14, 2011
  11. Wyoming Secretary of State website, "Wyoming secretaries of state roster," accessed August 21, 2011
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed April 3, 2015
  13. Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming Election Results," accessed April 3, 2015
  14. The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed April 3, 2015
  15. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014