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[[Image:SOS_elected_map3.png|thumb|right|320px|35 states directly elect Secretaries of State. Others are appointed by either the governor or state legislature.]]
 
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In 35 states, the position is popularly elected. The remaining 12 offices are filled by appointment: 9 by the [[Governor]] and 3 by the state legislature. Of the 35 elected to office, 20 are [[Republican]], 16 are [[Democratic]] and 1 is [[Non-Partisan]].  
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In 35 states, the position is popularly elected. The remaining 12 offices are filled by appointment: 9 by the [[Governor]] and 3 by the state legislature. Of the 35 elected to office, 20 are [[Republican]] and 15 are [[Democratic]].  
  
 
States (9) in which secretaries are appointed by the governor include:  
 
States (9) in which secretaries are appointed by the governor include:  

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The Secretary of State is a state level position in 47 of the 50 states. The position does not exist in Alaska, Hawaii, and Utah. In Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the office is called the Secretary of the Commonwealth and differs only in name. The voters directly elect the secretary of state in 35 states. In the other 12, the secretary is appointed by either the Governor or the state legislature.

The duties of the position are generally administrative in nature, and no two states have identical responsibilities delegated to the secretary of state. Many are tasked with keeping state records, from registering businesses to recording the official acts of the Governor. The officeholder also often serves as the chief election official in their state, administering state elections and maintaining official election results. The commissioning and regulation of notaries public, keeping of the official state seal, and certification of official documents all typically fall under the purview of the secretary of state.

Political parties

The chart below is a breakdown of the political parties pertaining to the state executive office of secretary of state. For other state executive offices, click here.

Office Democratic Party Democratic Republican Party Republican Independent Independent Nonpartisan Total seats
Secretary of State

20

27

0

1

47
Counts current as of July 2014. If you see an error, please email us


Current officeholders

List of Secretaries of State

List of All Current State Secretaries of State in the United States
StateOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
North Dakota
Al Jaeger
1992
Ends.png Republican
Kentucky
Alison Lundergan Grimes
2012
Electiondot.png Democratic
Idaho
Ben Ysursa
2003
Ends.png Republican
Georgia
Brian Kemp
2010
Ends.png Republican
Pennsylvania
Carol Aichele
2011
Ends.png Republican
New York
Cesar Perales
2011
Non-partisan
Oklahoma
Chris Benge
2013
Ends.png Republican
Indiana
Connie Lawson
2012
Ends.png Republican
Puerto Rico Secretary of State
David Bernier
Electiondot.png Democratic
California
Debra Bowen
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
Mississippi
Delbert Hosemann
2007
Ends.png Republican
Connecticut
Denise Merrill
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
New Mexico
Dianna Duran
2011
Ends.png Republican
Wisconsin
Douglas J. La Follette
1983
Electiondot.png Democratic
North Carolina
Elaine Marshall
1996
Electiondot.png Democratic
South Dakota
Jason Gant
2011
Ends.png Republican
Missouri
Jason Kander
2013
Electiondot.png Democratic
Delaware
Jeffrey W. Bullock
2009
Electiondot.png Democratic
Illinois
Jesse White
1999
Electiondot.png Democratic
Alabama
Jim Bennett
2013
Ends.png Republican
Vermont
Jim Condos
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
Nebraska
John A. Gale
2000
Ends.png Republican
Maryland
John P. McDonough
2008
Electiondot.png Democratic
Ohio
Jon Husted
2010
Ends.png Republican
Oregon
Kate Brown
2008
Electiondot.png Democratic
Arizona
Ken Bennett
2009
Ends.png Republican
Florida
Ken Detzner
2012
Ends.png Republican
New Jersey
Kimberly "Kim" Guadagno
2010
Ends.png Republican
Washington
Kim Wyman
2013
Ends.png Republican
Kansas
Kris Kobach
2011
Ends.png Republican
Virginia
Levar Stoney
2014
Electiondot.png Democratic
Montana
Linda McCulloch
2008
Electiondot.png Democratic
South Carolina
Mark Hammond
2003
Ends.png Republican
Arkansas
Mark Martin
2011
Ends.png Republican
Minnesota
Mark Ritchie
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
Iowa
Matt Schultz
2011
Ends.png Republican
Maine
Matthew Dunlap
2012
Electiondot.png Democratic
Wyoming
Max Maxfield
2007
Ends.png Republican
Texas
Nandita Berry
2014
Ends.png Republican
West Virginia
Natalie Tennant
2009
Electiondot.png Democratic
Rhode Island
Ralph Mollis
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
Nevada
Ross Miller
2006
Electiondot.png Democratic
Michigan
Ruth Johnson
2010
Ends.png Republican
Colorado
Scott Gessler
2011
Ends.png Republican
Louisiana
John Thomas Schedler
2010
Ends.png Republican
Tennessee
Tre Hargett
2009
Ends.png Republican
Massachusetts
William Francis Galvin
1995
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New Hampshire
William M. Gardner
1976
Electiondot.png Democratic


Term limits

Main article: State executives with term limits and Secretaries of State with term limits

In 16 states, the office of Secretary of State is subject to term limits. Most states with term limits specify that an office-holder may serve two consecutive terms. Most states do not specify that the two terms are an absolute limit, so that a former Secretary of State may usually run again after a time, usually unspecified, out of office.

States with term limits include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota

Elected or appointed

35 states directly elect Secretaries of State. Others are appointed by either the governor or state legislature.

In 35 states, the position is popularly elected. The remaining 12 offices are filled by appointment: 9 by the Governor and 3 by the state legislature. Of the 35 elected to office, 20 are Republican and 15 are Democratic.

States (9) in which secretaries are appointed by the governor include:

States (3) in which secretaries are appointed by the state legislature include:

Quick facts about Secretaries of State

Election history

2014

Main article: State executive official elections, 2014

Twenty-six states will hold regularly scheduled secretary of state elections in the 2014 electoral cycle:

2012

Main article: State executive official elections, 2012

Seven states held secretary of state elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Heading into the November election, Democrats held 6 of the seats and the Republicans held 1. Five incumbents sought re-election, and two - Robin Carnahan (MO) and lone Republican secretary Sam Reed (WA) - retired from office at the end of their terms. Incumbent Vermont secretary Jim Condos (D) was unopposed for re-election, and Montana secretary Linda McCulloch (D) won a re-election challenge against her predecessor, Republican Brad Johnson, whom she unseated in the 2008 general election by a slim margin of victory.

Following the 2012 elections, there are 27 Republican and 18 Democratic secretaries of state currently in office.

2011

Main article: Secretary of State elections, 2011
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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2011


Polls, 2011 Secretary of State elections

2011 Election information
Primary election dates
Statewide elections, 2011

National Association of Secretaries of State


Secretary of State Project

Secretary of State news headlines
Three states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, held secretary of state elections in the 2011 electoral cycle.
See also: Kentucky secretary of state election, 2011

The Kentucky Secretary of State election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011 following a primary election on May 17, 2011. Democrat attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes defeated Todd County businessman and teacher Bill Johnson.

The Louisiana Secretary of State election of 2011 was decided on October 22, 2011 in the primary election. Incumbent Republican Tom Schedler captured more than 50% of the vote in the blanket primary, winning re-election outright. The Louisiana general election was held on Saturday, November 19, 2011[1] but the office of secretary of state did not appear on the ballot.

The Mississippi Secretary of State election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011 following a primary election on August 2nd, 2011. Incumbent Delbert Hosemann was unopposed; he was slated to face Reform Party candidate John Luke Pannell, but Pannell's name did not appear on the ballot.

2010

Main article: Secretary of State elections, 2010

Twenty-six secretary of state elections were scheduled for November 2, 2010. Of the 26 seats that were up for election, 15 had been held by a Democrat and 11 by a Republican. In total, Democrats lost 6 seats.

Partisan breakdown of Secretaries of State
Party Before November 2010 election After November 2010 election
With 2010 elections Unelected SOS Total SOS Post 2010 elections Unelected SOS Total SOS Gain/loss legislators
Democratic
15 11 26 9 10 19 -7
Republican
11 10 21 17 11 28 +7


Recent news

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