Maryland Secretary of State

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Maryland Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Maryland Constitution, Article 5, Section 22
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  John P. McDonough
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  July 16, 2008
Compensation:  $87,500
Other Maryland Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralComptrollerTreasurerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerSecretary of LaborPublic Service Commission
The Secretary of State for Maryland is charged with the administrative and record-keeping functions of the state government of the U.S. state of Maryland. The secretary of state also holds custody of the Seal of Maryland. Unlike in many states, the secretary of state is not an elective office, but is appointed by the governor.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is John P. McDonough. He was appointed to the statewide position by Governor Martin O'Malley, taking over for Interim Secretary of State Dennis Schnepfe, who had served in the office since January 2007.[2]


The office of the Secretary of State is established by Article 5, Section 22 of the Maryland Constitution.

Article 5, Section 22:

A Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall continue in office, unless sooner removed by the Governor, till the end of the official term of the Governor from whom he received his appointment, and receive such annual salary as the General Assembly may from time to time by law prescribe.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

The Secretary of State for Maryland is appointed by the governor with the "advice and consent of the Senate." (Maryland Constitution, Article II § 10)

Click here to view larger-scale image of the Maryland Secretary of State Organizational Chart as of November 17, 2011.


In 2010, the Maryland Secretary of State was paid an estimated $87,500 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
John P. McDonough, Secretary of State
Jeffrey Building
16 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 974-5521
Fax: (410) 974-5190[4]

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.