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Going into the November 6 elections, Democrats held five of the seats up and Republicans held three. Democrats gained one seat in [[Vermont]] where [[Doug Hoffer]] (D) defeated [[Vince Illuzzi]] (R). Incumbent [[Thomas Salmon]] (R) did not seek re-election.
 
Going into the November 6 elections, Democrats held five of the seats up and Republicans held three. Democrats gained one seat in [[Vermont]] where [[Doug Hoffer]] (D) defeated [[Vince Illuzzi]] (R). Incumbent [[Thomas Salmon]] (R) did not seek re-election.
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==See also==
 
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*[[State Auditor reports]]
 
*[[State Auditor reports]]

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The Auditor is a state level position in 48 states who supervises and has administrative rights over the accounting and financial functions of the state. Additionally, auditors act as watchdogs over other state agencies, performing internal government audits and investigating fraud allegations. Auditors may also be titled Comptrollers.

The state auditor belongs to either the Executive or the Legislative branch, depending on state. While both offices are similar in function, a legislative auditor functions primarily under the state legislature and is not considered a state executive office.

The auditor may be elected or appointed, depending on state. Terms of office range from four to ten years and may be indefinite, served at the pleasure of the appointing body. In instances where the auditor is an appointee, appointment is usually done through some form of nomination in a subcommittee of the legislature and a confirmatory vote before the General Assembly.

Some states assign the same portfolio to another state level financial officer, such as the Treasurer or the Comptroller.

There are a total of 23 legislative auditor offices and 33 state executive auditor offices. A total of 8 states have both auditor offices.

Quick facts about Auditors
  • Auditor is a partisan position in all 24 states where it is publicly elected.
  • Appointed auditors serve as nonpartisan officials, with the exception of Connecticut, where Democrats and Republicans each have one nomination, resulting in two partisan auditors who share the office.
  • In 2010 the annual salaries for state auditors ranged from $54,305 (Arkansas) to $198,000 (Texas).

Officeholders

Among appointed auditors, it is common for a dedicated legislative committee to nominate an auditor, who is then confirmed by a simple majority vote of both legislative chambers. Many appointed auditors serve at the pleasure of the legislature or of the specific committee charged with audits. In these states, an auditor may be removed with either a simple majority or a three-fifths vote at any time.

Appointed auditors serve as nonpartisan officials, with the exception of Connecticut, where Democrats and Republicans each have one nomination, resulting in two partisan auditors who share the office.

In each of the 24 states where the auditor is elected, it is a partisan position.

Elected auditors are overwhelmingly Constitutional offices, with 20 of 24 states providing for the office in the state's Constitution.

List of Current State Executive Auditors

List of All Current State Auditors in the United States
StateOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
Kentucky
Adam Edelen
2012
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North Carolina
Beth Wood
2008
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Arkansas
Charlie Daniels
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
Wyoming
Cynthia Cloud
2011
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Ohio
Dave Yost
2011
Ends.png Republican
Arizona
Debra Davenport
1999
Nonpartisan
Vermont
Doug Hoffer
2013
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Michigan
Doug Ringler
2014
Nonpartisan
California
Elaine Howle
2000
Nonpartisan
Pennsylvania
Eugene DePasquale
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
Oregon
Gary Blackmer
2009
Nonpartisan
Oklahoma
Gary Jones
2011
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West Virginia
Glen Gainer
1993
Electiondot.png Democratic
Georgia
Greg Griffin
2012
Nonpartisan
New Mexico
Hector Balderas
2006
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Hawaii
Jan Yamane
2013
Nonpartisan
Utah
John Dougall
2013
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Texas
John Keel
2004
Nonpartisan
Virginia
Martha Mavredes
2013
Nonpartisan
Iowa
Mary Mosiman
2013
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Nebraska
Mike Foley
2007
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Montana
Monica Lindeen
2009
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Maine
Pola Buckley
2012
Nonpartisan
Delaware
R. Thomas Wagner, Jr.
1989
Ends.png Republican
Minnesota
Rebecca Otto
2007
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South Carolina
Richard Gilbert, Jr.
2012
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North Dakota
Robert Peterson
1997
Ends.png Republican
Alabama
Samantha Shaw
2007
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Mississippi
Stacey Pickering
2008
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South Dakota
Steve Barnett
2011
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Massachusetts
Suzanne Bump
2011
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Indiana
Suzanne Crouch
2014
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Missouri
Thomas Schweich
2011
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Washington
Troy Kelley
2013
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Illinois
William Holland
1992
Nonpartisan

List of Current Legislative Auditors

Political position Officer Assumed office Appointing Official or Body Authority Length of Term
Alabama Chief Examiner Ronald L. Jones October 1, 1982 Legislative Committee on Public Accounts Statuatory 7 years
Alaska Legislative Auditor Pat Davidson 1997 Joint Legislative Audit Committee Statuatory Indeterminate
Arkansas Legislative Auditor Roger A. Norman Legislative Joint Auditing Committee Indeterminate
Auditor General of Arizona Debra Davenport 1997 Joint Legislative Audit Committee Statuatory 5 years
Colorado State Auditor Dianne Ray 2011 Legislative Audit Committee Constitutional 5 years
Connecticut Auditor of Public Accounts Robert Ward, (R) and John C. Geragosian, (D) 2011 Connecticut General Assembly Statuatory 4 years
Florida Auditor General David Martin 2011 Joint Legislative Audit Committee Constitutional Indeterminate
Idaho Legislative Audits Division Manager Don Berg
Kansas Legislative Post-Auditor Scott Frank 2010 Legislative Post Audit Committee Statuatory Indeterminate
Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera 2010 Louisiana State Legislature Constitutional Indeterminate
Maryland Legislative Auditor Bruce Myers Exec. Director of Legislative Services Statutory Serves at the pleasure of the legislature
Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles 1983 Legislative Audit Commission Statutory 6 years
Montana Legislative Auditor Tori Hunthausen 2008 Legislative Audit Committee Constitutional 2 years
Nevada Legislative Auditor Paul Townsend 2001 Director of Legislative Counsel Bureau and Legislative Commission Statuatory Indeterminate
New Hampshire Director of Audits Richard Mahoney Statutory
New Jersey State Auditor Stephen Eells 2010 New Jersey General Assembly Constitutional 5 years
Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Legislative Finance and Budget Committee Philip Durgin Joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee Statutory Indeterminate
Rhode Island Auditor General Dennis Hoyle 2010 Joint Legislative Services Committee Statutory Indeterminate
South Carolina Legislative Audit Council Director George Schroeder 2011 Legislative Audit Council Board Statutory 4 years
South Dakota Auditor General Martin L. Guindon 2000 South Dakota Legislature 8 years
Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts Walter Kucharski 1984 Virginia General Assembly Constitutional
West Virginia Legislative Auditor Stacy Sneed Joint Committee on Government and Finance Statutory Serves at pleasure of the Joint Committee
Wisconsin State Auditor Joe Chrisman 2011 Joint Committee on Legislative Organization Statutory Serves at pleasure of the Joint Committee

Elected vs. Appointed

While most states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least 24 others who have opted to have public voters select the office holders. These states include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Two states - New York and Tennessee - do no have an official auditor. Audit functions in these states mostly fall to the state comptroller.

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States

33 states have state executive auditor offices, 23 have legislative auditor offices and 8 have both.

States with legislative auditors include: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasColoradoConnecticutFloridaIdahoKansasLouisianaMarylandMinnesotaMontanaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaVirginiaWest VirginiaWisconsin

States with state executive auditors include:

AlabamaArkansasCaliforniaDelawareGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKentuckyMaineMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNew MexicoNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTexasUtahVermontWashingtonWest VirginiaWyoming - state auditorWyoming - audit director

States with both legislative and state executive auditors:

Alabama • Arkansas • Minnesota • Montana • Pennsylvania • South Carolina • South Dakota • West Virginia


Elections

2012

See also: State executive official elections, 2012

Eight states held auditor elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

Going into the November 6 elections, Democrats held five of the seats up and Republicans held three. Democrats gained one seat in Vermont where Doug Hoffer (D) defeated Vince Illuzzi (R). Incumbent Thomas Salmon (R) did not seek re-election.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Auditor + State + Office

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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See also

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