Wyoming Secretary of State

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Wyoming Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $7,899,984
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Wyoming Constitution, Article 4, Section 11
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Max Maxfield.jpg
Name:  Max Maxfield
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2006
Compensation:  $92,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:   November 2, 2010
Other Wyoming Executive Offices
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The Wyoming Secretary of State is an elected executive position in the Wyoming state government. The secretary is the chief election officer in the state. Responsible for handling the business affairs of the state, the secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of Wyoming and serves as the "acting governor" when the Governor is not available.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Max Maxfield. He was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. His current term expires in 2014.


The secretary of state's authority is derived from Article 4 of the Wyoming Constitution.

Article 4, Section 11:

There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction...


Article 4, Section 6 of the state constitution also establishes the qualifications of the office:

There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature, a secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and superintendent of public instruction, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years respectively, shall be citizens of the United States, and shall have the qualifications of state electors...
  • at least twenty-five (25) years of age
  • a citizen of the United States
  • qualified as an elector in the state of Wyoming


The office of Secretary of State is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. In Wyoming, secretary of state elections are held in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

Term limits

There are no term limits for this office.[1]


Article 4, Section 7 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill any office that becomes vacant, so long as there is not already a constitutional or legal method for filling the vacancy.


The Wyoming Secretary of State is the custodian of the great seal of Wyoming. They affix the seal to and countersign commissions, official acts of the governor, and other paperwork when required by law.

Additional duties of the secretary of state are outlines in Title 9, Chapter 1, Article 3 of the Wyoming Code. The secretary is the custodian of and preserves:

  1. All the public records, documents, acts and resolutions of the legislatures of the territory and state of Wyoming;
  2. All proclamations of the governor proclaiming the effectiveness of constitutional amendments, corporate revocations and any other proclamation designated as a permanent record by the governor. The secretary of state shall preserve all other proclamations of the governor for one (1) year and then deliver them to the department of state parks and cultural resources for destruction or preservation as it deems desirable;
  3. Property of the state when no other provision is made by law;
  4. Copies of all clemency documents signed by the governor, including pardons, commutations of sentence, reprieves, remissions of fine or forfeiture, and restorations of civil rights.[2]


The office of the secretary of state is comprised of five offices:

  • The Administrative Support Division manages the office's budget and provides administrative and managerial support to the entire office. This division also maintains the records of Wyoming's notaries public.[3]
  • The Business Division maintains business records, including trademarks and trade names.[3]
  • The Compliance Division regulates stock brokers and securities traders. The division also investigates claims of securities fraud.[3]
  • The Elections Division oversees all elections in the state. The division maintains records of all campaign financing, election results, and registered lobbyists.[3]
  • The Technology Division provides technical support for the office. The division also maintains the secretary of state's official website.[3]

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $7,899,984.[4]


In 2010, the Wyoming Secretary of State was paid an estimated $92,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Historical officeholders

Wyoming officially became a state on July 10, 1890. On November 8, 1890, Amos W. Barber became the first Wyoming Secretary of State. Prior to that date, officeholders were known as Wyoming Secretaries of the Territory.[6]

There have been 8 Secretaries of the Territory and 20 Secretaries of State. Of those 28, 21 have been Republican and 7 have been Democratic.

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Contact Information


Wyoming Secretary of State
The Capitol Building, Room 106
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

Phone: (307) 777-7378
Fax: (307) 777-6217
E-mail: secofstate@state.wy.us

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