Kim Wyman

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Kim Wyman
15th Secretary of State of Washington
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 16, 2013
Governor Jay Inslee
Preceded by Sam Reed
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John Wyman
Children Two
Residence Lacey, Washington
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach
Troy University
Website kimwyman.com

Kim Wyman is the current Secretary of State of Washington, having barely won in the 2012 state elections.[1] She is currently the only member of the Republican Party elected to statewide office on the West Coast of the United States, excluding Alaska.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wyman attended college at California State University, Long Beach and lived abroad after graduation. Barriers to voting in US elections while living in Germany inspired her to become an elections official. She earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University's European Division. Wyman was one of the first public officials to become a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator from Auburn University.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2001, Wyman was appointed as county auditor for Thurston County, succeeding Sam Reed—she would again succeed Reed following her election as Secretary of State of Washington. She was eventually elected to the position and later reelected, as recently as 2010.[3]

In the 2012 Washington state elections, Wyman was elected Secretary of State, defeating her Democratic opponent, Kathleen Drew.[1] Wyman was the only Republican elected to statewide office in the state.[2] She was endorsed in the election by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin,[4] The Wenatchee World,[5] the Tri-City Herald,[6] and The Seattle Times.[7] The Times cited her bipartisan appeal and experience as an elections administrator in its endorsement. She was also endorsed by the Washington Education Association,[8] which normally endorses Democrats.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Wyman lives in Lacey, Washington with her husband John and their two children. She has run several marathons.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Secretary of State of Washington[1]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democratic Votes Pct
2012 Kim Wyman 1,459,773 50.4% Kathleen Drew 1,436,735 49.6%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reed, Sam (21 November 2012). "November 06, 2012 General Election Results". Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Brunner, Jim (17 November 2012). "State Republicans ponder long-term prospects on blue West Coast". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Meet Kim". Kim Wyman. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kim Wyman clear choice for Washington's secretary of state". Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kim Wyman for secretary of state". The Wenatchee World. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Kim Wyman best choice for secretary of state". Tri-City Herald. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Editorial: The Times recommends Kim Wyman for Washington’s secretary of state". The Seattle Times. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "WEA-PAC recommends Kim Wyman for election as Secretary of State". Washington Education Association. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sam Reed
Thurston County Auditor
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Gary Alexnader
Preceded by
Sam Reed
Secretary of State of Washington
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent