Colorado Secretary of State
|Colorado Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$19,893,142|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Colorado Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Name:||Wayne W. Williams|
|Assumed office:||January 13, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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The current secretary is Wayne W. Williams (R). He was first elected to the office in 2014 and sworn into office on January 13, 2015. Prior to his election, Williams served as the clerk for El Paso County.
(1) The executive department shall include the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general, each of whom shall hold his office for the term of four years, commencing on the second Tuesday of January in the year 1967, and each fourth year thereafter. They shall perform such duties as are prescribed by this constitution or by law.
The secretary of state must be at least 25 years old. Additionally, he must be a U.S. citizen and have been a resident of Colorado for at least two years prior to election.
No person shall be eligible to the office of... attorney general unless he shall have attained the age of twentyfive years and be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of the state in good standing, and no person shall be eligible to any one of said offices unless, in addition to the qualifications above prescribed therefore, he shall be a citizen of the United States, and have resided within the limits of the state two years next preceding his election.
Secretaries of state are elected to four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2018, 2022, 2026, etc.). The candidate that earns a plurality of the votes is the winner, and, per Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, he assumes office on the second Tuesday of January in the year following his election.
(1) The executive department shall include the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general, each of whom shall hold his office for the term of four years, commencing on the second Tuesday of January in the year 1967, and each fourth year thereafter.
|Secretary of State of Colorado, 2014|
|American Constitution||Amanda Campbell||3.9%||77,790|
|Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.|
Per the Colorado Term Limits Amendment, Issue 5 (1990), secretaries of state, like all statewide constitutional officers, are limited to two consecutive terms in office. Former officeholders may run again after one term out of office. Serving more than one half of a term as an appointed replacement as attorney general counts as a full term.
If the office of secretary of state becomes vacant, the governor appoints a replacement with the consent of the Senate. The replacement serves until the next election. If the vacancy occurs while the Senate is out of session, the appointee serves until it can meet.
(2) If the office of state treasurer, secretary of state, or attorney general shall be vacated by death, resignation, or otherwise, the governor shall nominate and, by and with the consent of the senate, appoint a successor. The appointee shall hold the office until his successor shall be elected and qualified in such manner as may be provided by law. If the vacancy occurs in any such office while the senate is not in session, the governor shall appoint some fit person to discharge the duties thereof until the next meeting of the senate, when he shall nominate and, by and with the consent of the senate, appoint some fit person to fill such office.
The secretary handles a variety of matters related to registration, filing and administration. Some prominent duties include:
- Registering businesses, trade names and handling other business-related filings
- Administering the Uniform Commercial Code in Colorado
- Registering charitable organizations and professional fundraisers, as well as political lobbyists
- Licensing notaries public
- Certifying bingo, raffle and other gaming managers
- Running the state's elections, registering voters, managing campaign finance laws and filings, certifying citizen ballot initiatives and other elections-related tasks
- Business & Licensing
- Elections & Voting
- See also: Colorado state budget and finances
The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $19,893,142.
The salaries of all elected executives in Colorado are determined by state law as mandated by the Colorado Constitution. Article IV, Section 19 of the state constitution notes that legislators cannot decrease state executive salaries during their current terms in office.
| Text of Section 19:
Salaries of Officers Fees Paid into Treasury
The officers named in section one of this article shall receive for their services a salary to be established by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their official terms. It shall be the duty of all such officers to collect in advance all fees prescribed by law for services rendered by them severally, and pay the same into the state treasury.
In 2010, the secretary received a salary of $68,500.
|List of Former
Officeholders from 1876-Present
|5||Edward J. Eaton||1891-1893||Republican|
|6||Nelson O. McCless||1893-1895||Populist|
|7||Albert B. McGaffey||1895-1897||Republican|
|8||Charles H. S. Whipple||1897-1899||Democratic|
|9||Elmer F. Beckwith||1899-1901||Democratic|
|10||David A. Mills||1901-1903||Democratic|
|13||James B. Pearce||1909-1915||Democratic|
|14||John E. Ramer||1915-1917||Republican|
|15||James R. Noland||1917-1921||Democratic|
|24||Bryon A. Anderson||1963-1974||Republican|
|25||Mary Estill Buchanan||1974-1983||Republican|
|33||Wayne W. Williams||2015-present||Republican|
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Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Ste. 270
Denver, CO 80290
Phone: (303) 894-2200
Toll Free Phone: (303) 869-4867
Fax: (303) 869-4860
- Coloradoan, "5 Things To Know: Colorado inauguration is Tuesday," January 12, 2015
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Programs and Services," accessed July 13, 2011
- Colorado Legislature Joint Budget Committee, "Appropriations Report: Fiscal Year 2012-2013," accessed May 28, 2013
- Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services, "Constitution of the State of Colorado," accessed February 20, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
- Colorado State Archives, Secretaries of State of Colorado, accessed September 9, 2013
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