Arizona Secretary of State

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Arizona Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
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)
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Michele Reagan.gif
Name:  Michele Reagan
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 5, 2015
Compensation:  $70,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Arizona Secretary of State is an elected state executive officer in Arizona. His or her responsibilities range from publishing state laws and rules to serving as the chief election officer. The secretary is also keeper of the great seal of the state and oversees the registration of business partnerships and trademarks in Arizona.

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.

Current officeholder

The current secretary of state is Michele Reagan, a Republican elected in 2014 to replace retiring incumbent Ken Bennett (R).[1] 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.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

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.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 2

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.


Arizona state government organizational chart

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.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

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.

B. The person having a majority of the votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If no person receives a majority of the votes cast for the office, a second election shall be held as prescribed by law between the persons receiving the highest and second highest number of votes cast for the office. The person receiving the highest number of votes at the second election for the office is elected, but if the two persons have an equal number of votes for the office, the two houses of the legislature at its next regular session shall elect forthwith, by joint ballot, one of such persons for said office.


See also: Arizona secretary of state election, 2014
Secretary of State of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Reagan 52.2% 779,226
     Democratic Terry Goddard 47.8% 712,918
Total Votes 1,492,144
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Term limits

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.


Article 5, Section 8 of the state Constitution allows governor to fill vacancies in the office of secretary of state by appointment.


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.[2] 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:[3]

  • 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:[4]

  • Business Filings
  • Notary
  • Advance Directives
  • Publications
  • Rules Filings
  • Legislative Filings
  • Elections

State budget

See also: Arizona state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $16,812,400.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7][8]


In 2014, the secretary of state's salary remained at $70,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $70,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $70,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $70,000.[11]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Capitol Address:
1700 West Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888

Phone: (602) 542-4285
Toll Phone: (602) 255-8683
Fax: (602) 542-1575

See also

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