Virginia Secretary of State

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Virginia Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $1,915,830
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Code of Virginia, Title 2.2, Chapter 4
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Levar Stoney
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 20, 2014
Compensation:  $152,793
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The Virginia Secretary of State, also known as the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is an appointed position in the Virginia state government. The secretary serves as the ex officio secretary to the Governor of Virginia and is in charge of keeping the seals of the Commonwealth and maintaining all official state records.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Democrat Levar Stoney. He was first appointed to the statewide post by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and was sworn into office on January 20, 2014.[1] Stoney served as deputy campaign manager of McAuliffe's 2013 gubernatorial run.


Title 2.2, Chapter 4 of the Code of Virginia establishes the position of Secretary of the Commonwealth:

"The Secretary of the Commonwealth, who shall be ex officio Secretary to the Governor, shall be in direct charge of the division of records."[2]


The state constitution specifies that requirements for this office will be "prescribed by law."[3]


Virginia state government organizational chart

Title 2.2, Chapter 4 of the Code of Virginia sets the term of the secretary. The position shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment, with confirmation by the state assembly "for a term commencing on the Monday after the third Wednesday in January" after the governor's inauguration. The secretary serves a term of four years.[4]


In the event of a vacancy in the office of secretary, state code requires the governor to appoint a successor, subject to confirmation from the state assembly, to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.[4]


  • Serving as the keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth
  • Assisting the governor in the appointment of thousands of individuals to serve on state boards and commissions
  • Issuing the Commissions of Notaries Public
  • Authentication of documents
  • Registering lobbyists
  • Issuing the "Bluebook," officially "The Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth," an annual publication that identifies, "(a) the boards of visitors of all public institutions, and other boards appointed by the governor; (b) all commissions issued under appointments made by the Governor, except commissions to notaries public; (c) all departments, boards, councils, commissions, and other collegial bodies created in the executive branch of state government; and (d) such other matters as the Governor requires." - The Report as defined by the Code of Virginia
  • Issuing a State Government Organization Chart
  • Handling pardons and clemencies, restoration of civil rights of former felons, extradition, and service of process. Although the secretary is involved, the governor is responsible for granting pardons, clemency, and restorations of rights, as well as authorizing extradition. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office handles the paperwork on behalf of the governor.


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State budget

See also: Virginia state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $1,915,830.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: VA Code § 2.2-201 (2014)

The secretary of state is entitled to receive a fixed annual salary in accordance with Title 2, Chapter 2 of the Virginia Code (§ 2.2-201).[6]


In 2014, the secretary was paid an estimated $152,793, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $152,793, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2011, the secretary was paid an estimated $152,793, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

There have been 74 Virginia Secretaries of State since 1607.[10]

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Contact Information

Physical Address:
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2454
Richmond, VA 23218

Phone: (804) 786-2441

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