Arizona Secretary of State
|Arizona Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$16,812,400|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Arizona Executive Offices|
|Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Superintendent of Public Instruction• Auditor• Agriculture Director • Insurance Director• Lands Commissioner• Labor Director• Corporation Commission• State Mine Inspector|
Arizona's Secretary of State is unique, as he or she serves as acting governor when the governor is absent or otherwise unable to serve. This duty is usually fulfilled by the lieutenant governor in other states, an office which Arizona lacks.
The current secretary of state is Michele Reagan, a Republican elected in 2014 to replace retiring incumbent Ken Bennett (R). She was sworn into office January 5, 2015, for a four-year term expiring in January 2019.
The office of secretary of state is established by the Arizona Constitution as part of the state's executive department.
|The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction...|
The Arizona Constitution requires all of the officers in the state's executive department, including the secretary of state, to be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for 10 years, and an Arizona resident for five years.
|No person shall be eligible to any of the offices mentioned in section 1 of this article except a person of the age of not less than twenty-five years, who shall have been for ten years next preceding his election a citizen of the United States, and for five years next preceding his election a citizen of Arizona.|
Arizonans elect their secretary of state in midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) for a term of four years. The winner assumes office on the first Monday of January after his or her election. If no candidate receives a majority (over 50 percent) of the votes, a runoff election is held between the two candidates that received the largest amount. If the two candidates in the runoff receive an equal number of votes, the state legislature chooses a winner.
Secretaries of state hold office from the first Monday of January following the year they are elected.
| A. The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold office for a term of four years beginning on the first Monday of January, 1971 next after the regular general election in 1970.
|Secretary of State of Arizona, 2014|
|Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.|
Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2) of the Arizona Constitution limits secretaries of state to two consecutive terms. Former officeholders may run again after they have remained out of office for one full term.
The secretary of state has a variety of administrative duties, mostly related to keeping official records and managing elections. In addition to the responsibilities common to the office in other states, the Arizona Secretary of State takes over the office of governor in the event of a vacancy in the office or the incumbent is unable to discharge his duties. This is a duty that most commonly falls to lieutenant governors, but Arizona is one of five states -- along with Maine, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Oregon -- that lack that office.
The secretary also:
- Certifies witnessing officers on documents transmitted to foreign countries (apostilles).
- Keeps the Great Seal of the State of Arizona and affixes it to all official documents.
- Files "official administrative rules of state agencies and maintains the rules of state agencies adopted under the Arizona Administrative Procedure Act."
- Publishes the Arizona Administrative Code and the Arizona Administrative Register
- Registers limited partnerships, foreign partnerships and limited liability partnerships.
- Serves as chief election officer for the state of Arizona. Certifies candidates, ballot measures, election results, and registers lobbyists and campaign finance reports. The secretary also trains election officials and tests voting devices used by individual counties.
- Registers trade names and trademarks, telemarketers, and charitable organizations.
- Commissions notaries public.
- Files oaths of office for judges and supreme court justices and loyalty oaths for gubernatorial appointees.
- Administers the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
The Secretary of State's Office is divided into seven divisions. These are:
- Business Filings
- Advance Directives
- Rules Filings
- Legislative Filings
- See also: Arizona state budget and finances
The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $16,812,400.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of the secretary of state and other elected executives in Arizona is determined by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers. This five-member committee is sanctioned by Article 5, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution. Two members are appointed by the governor and one member each is appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Commission members meet prior to June 1 of each even-numbered year to produce salary recommendations for the governor. The governor may accept, reject or modify recommendations prior to delivery to state legislators. The legislature has 90 days following the governor's transmission of the recommendations to reject or modify salary proposals. If no changes are made, the commission's recommendations take effect following the next election for applicable offices.
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1700 West Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888
Phone: (602) 542-4285
Toll Phone: (602) 255-8683
Fax: (602) 542-1575
- Arizona Department of State, Office of the Secretary of State, "Michele Reagan - Biography," accessed January 6, 2015
- Arizona Constitution, "Article 5, Section 6," accessed June 7, 2011
- Arizona Department of State, "Duties and Responsibilities," accessed June 7, 2011
- Arizona Department of State, "Annual Report FY 2009," accessed July 6, 2011
- Arizona State Legislature, "FY 2012 Appropriations Report," accessed May 27, 2013
- North Dakota Legislative Council, "Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers-Legislative Pay Recommendations," July 2000
- East Valley Tribune, "Commission rejects pay hikes for Arizona governor, other state officials," August 5, 2012
- Arizona Capitol Times, "Commission recommends $11,000 pay increase for state lawmakers," June 25, 2014
- 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 January 31, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011