Most states elect the Treasurer and, of those states, it is common for the Treasurer to be a Constitutional office. Some states, however, treat the position as a member of the Governor's Cabinet, thus making the position a gubernatorial appointment.
As opposed to treasurers in the corporate world, state treasurers are often elected partisan offices who administer various programs and have control over financial decisions without being involved in the highly detailed day-to-day bookkeeping and accounting.
- Debt management and debt policy
- Disaster preparation
- Pension fund administration
- Oversight to prevent fraud with public money
- Payroll matters for public employees
- Investing public funds and managing portfolios
The chart below is a breakdown of the political parties pertaining to the state executive office of treasurer. For other state executive offices, click here.
(Updated Prior to 2011 General elections)
Elected or appointed
While some states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, 37 others have opted to have public voters select the office holders. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The state of Tennessee is the sole state that calls for a legislatively elected treasurer.
- See also: State executive official elections, 2011
Three states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, have scheduled elections for treasurer in the 2011 electoral cycle. Two of the seats that are up for election are held by a Republican while another is held by a Democrat. Only Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves is not running for re-election.
|Alaska||Bryan Butcher||Non-partisan||Sean Parnell||2011|
|Georgia||Steve McCoy||Non-partisan||Nathan Deal||2011|
|Hawaii||Kalbert K. Young||Non-partisan||Neil Abercrombie||2010|
|Maine||Bruce Poliquin||Non-partisan||Paul LePage||2010|
|Maryland||Nancy K. Kopp||Non-partisan||Parris N. Glendening||2002|
|Michigan||Andy Dillon||Non-partisan||Rick Snyder||2011|
|Minnesota||Jim Schowalter||Non-partisan||Mark Dayton||2010|
|Montana||Dan Bucks||Non-partisan||Brian Schweitzer||2005|
|New Hampshire||Catherine Provencher||Non-partisan||John Lynch||2007|
|New Jersey||Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff||Non-partisan||Chris Christie||2010|
|Virginia||Manju Ganeriwala||Non-partisan||Tim Kaine||2009|
- National Association of State Treasurers
- Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada