Idaho Secretary of State

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Idaho Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $2,308,300
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Lawerence Denney
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 5, 2015
Compensation:  $101,150
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Idaho Secretary of State is a state executive officer in the Idaho government. The secretary is responsible for running the state's elections, licensing businesses, trademarks, notaries and other professions and various other duties involving the maintenance and publication of official documents. The office of secretary of state is established in the state constitution, and like other Idaho constitutional officers, is elected by the people to four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.).

Current officeholder

The current secretary of state is Lawerence Denney, a Republican, who was first elected on November 4, 2014. He was sworn in January 5, 2015, succeeding three-term incumbent Ben Ysursa (R). Ysursa declined to run for re-election in 2014.


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Per Article IV, Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution, a candidate for secretary of state is required to be:

  • at least 25 old
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 3

No person shall be eligible ... to the office of secretary of state, state controller, or state treasurer, unless he shall have attained the age of twenty-five years; ... In addition to the qualifications above described each of the officers named shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the state or territory two years next preceding his election.


Idaho state government organizational chart

Idaho elects secretaries of state to four-year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. Thus, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all election years. Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011, and January 5, 2015, are inaugural days.

If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.


See also: Idaho secretary of state election, 2014
Secretary of State of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawerence Denney 56.2% 241,851
     Democratic Holli High Woodings 43.8% 188,353
Total Votes 430,204
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

There are no term limits for this office. Out of all of Idaho's state executives, only the Idaho Controller faces term limits.


Per Article IV, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution, the governor appoints a replacement to any state office where a vacancy occurs, subject to the approval of the Idaho Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election.


The secretary of state's responsibilities include:

  • Registering business entities
  • Administering the state's application of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Running Idaho's elections
  • Licensing notaries public
  • Registering trademarks
  • Operating the state's health care and will registries
  • Publishing various state documents, including state law


  • Elections
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Business Entities
  • Liens - UCC
  • Notar, Apostilles and Authentications
  • Trademarks
  • Fiscal[1]

State budget

See also: Idaho state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Secretary of State in Fiscal Year 2013 was $2,308,300.[2]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executives in Idaho are determined by the Idaho State Legislature. Salaries cannot be increased or decreased during the current terms of affected officers. In 2014, state legislators passed a bill authorizing annual salaries for executives from 2015 through 2018.[3]


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $101,150, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the secretary received a salary of $99,450. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2012, the secretary was paid an estimated $93,756. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information


Mailing Address:
Office of the Secretary of State
Post Office Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0080

Phone: (208) 334-2300
Fax: (208) 334-2282

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