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Mississippi Secretary of State

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Mississippi Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Mississippi Constitution, Article VI, Section 133
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Delbert Hosemann.jpg
Name:  Delbert Hosemann
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2008
Compensation:  $90,000
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
Other Mississippi Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerExecutive Director of Environmental Quality Executive Director of Employment SecurityPublic Service Commission
The Secretary of State for Mississippi is one of the constitutional officers of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The secretary of state is popularly elected every four years, and re-election is not restricted by term limits. The officeholder serves as Chief Elections officer for Mississippi, and is the official "keeper of the Capitol."

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Delbert Hosemann. First elected in 2007, Hosemann, a Republican won re-election in 2011.


Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution establishes an office of Secretary of State:

There shall be a secretary of state, who shall be elected as herein provided.


Article 5, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution goes on to outline the qualifications for this office:

... He shall be at least twenty-five years of age, a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of his election, and he shall continue in office during the term of four years...
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of Mississippi for at least the 5 years before the day of their election


The office of Secretary of State is an elected position, with elections held every four years. Elections are held at the same time and for the same term as the governor.

Term limits

The office of secretary of state is not subject to term limits.


Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution details the initial duties of the secretary of state:

... and shall be keeper of the capitol; he shall keep a correct register of all official acts and proceedings of the governor; and shall, when required, lay the same, and all papers, minutes, and vouchers relative thereto, before the legislature, and he shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law...

The roles and responsibilities of the office of Secretary of State have necessarily evolved since the Constitution was written. Click [show] for more information about these expanded roles:


Business regulation and enforcement

This division regulates pre-need/perpetual care providers, enforces scrap metal laws in Mississippi, and oversees administrative procedures for the state government[5]

Business services

The business services division administers Mississippi's Corporation, Limited Liability Company and Uniform Commercial Code laws, handles business-related filings, issues notary commissions, registers correspondence schools, and administers trademark, service mark, and non-profit laws[5]

Education and publications

Receives and issues documents and publications of the state. This includes the Official and Statistical Register (more commonly known as the "Blue Book"), Promote the Vote, and other educational outreach programs<ref="MSdiv"/>


The elections division administers election code and enforces campaign finance and lobbying requirements. The secretary also acts as Chief Elections officer for Mississippi[5]

Policy and research

The research and development arm of the agency, the staff of this division are constantly looking for new ways to streamline services and develop legislation[5]

Public lands

Administers and supervises all state land, including tax-forfeited property[5]

Securities and charities

This division is responsible for the administration of Mississippi's Uniform Securities Laws and charities and non-profits. It also investigates securities and charities fraud[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article 6, Section 133 of the Mississippi Constitution also explains the compensation for the secretary of state:

... He shall receive such compensation as shall be prescribed.

In 2012, the Mississippi Secretary of State was paid an estimated $90,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Summary of past officeholders. Since 1817, Mississippi has had 34 officeholders. One officeholder, H.C. Carter, served twice, non-consecutively.

Click "show" for former officeholders.[6]

Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Mississippi Secretary of State
Post Office Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136

Phone: (601) 359-1350
Fax: (601) 359-1499

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