Oregon Secretary of State

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Secretary of State of Oregon
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Incumbent
Kate Brown

since January 5, 2009
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Lucien Heath
Formation Oregon Constitution
Website Oregon Secretary of State

The Secretary of State of Oregon, an elected constitutional officer within the executive branch of government of the U.S. state of Oregon, is first in line of succession to the Governor.[1] The duties of office are: auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer, and administrator of public records. Additionally, the Secretary of State serves on the Oregon State Land Board and chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board. Following every United States Census, if the Oregon Legislative Assembly cannot come to agreement over changes to legislative redistricting, the duty falls to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State has performed this duty every decade since 1921.[2]

The office is currently held by Kate Brown, a Democrat.

Divisions[edit]

  • Archives Division maintains the official records of Oregon government, provides public access to them, and publishes the Oregon Blue Book and the Oregon Administrative Rules. Established in 1947, the division is located in the Cecil L. Edwards Archives Building in downtown Salem on the capitol mall.[3]
  • Audits Division provides oversight of public spending. The department began in 1929 and oversees state agency compliance with accounting rules, reports on the performance of state departments, and oversees the standards for audits of local governments within Oregon, among other tasks.[4]
  • Corporation Division administers business filings, including corporation and other business and organization formation, and those related to the Uniform Commercial Code. They are also in charge of operating the notaries public system.
  • Elections Division performs administrative and oversight duties with respect to elections in concert with the County governments, maintains a central voter registry, and publishes the Voters' Pamphlet. These duties include working with the referendum, initiative, and recall process and accepting the registration of candidates for elective office.
  • Executive Division oversees the other four divisions of the office. The Secretary of State's office is located in the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

List of Oregon's Secretaries of State[edit]

Provisional government (1841-1849)[edit]

Five individuals served as Clerk and Recorder, the predecessor office to Secretary of State:

Territorial government (1849-1859)[edit]

Oregon's first Territorial Secretary was elected by the legislature, to serve until his successors could be appointed by the President of the United States.

# Name Party Term
1 Theophilus Magruder (unknown) March 10, 1849 – April 9, 1849
2 Kintzing Prichette Democratic April 9, 1849 – September 18, 1850
3 Edward D. Hamilton Whig Party September 18, 1850 – May 14, 1853
4 George L. Curry Democratic May 14, 1853 – January 27, 1855
5 Benjamin Harding Democratic January 27, 1855 – March 3, 1859

Oregon State government (1859-Present)[edit]

# Name Party Term
1 Lucien Heath Democratic March 3, 1859 – September 8, 1862
2 Samuel E. May Republican September 8, 1862 – September 10, 1870
3 Stephen F. Chadwick Democratic September 10, 1870 – September 2, 1878
4 Rockey Preston Earhart Republican September 2, 1878 – January 10, 1887
5 George W. McBride Republican January 10, 1887 – January 14, 1895
6 Harrison R. Kincaid Republican January 14, 1895 – January 9, 1899
7 Frank L. Dunbar Republican January 9, 1899 – January 14, 1907
8 Frank W. Benson Republican January 15, 1907 – April 14, 1911
9 Ben W. Olcott Republican April 17, 1911 – May 28, 1920
10 Sam A. Kozer Republican May 28, 1920 – September 24, 1928
11 Hal E. Hoss Republican September 24, 1928 – February 6, 1934
12 Peter John Stadelman Republican February 9, 1934 – January 7, 1935
13 Earl Snell Republican January 7, 1935 – January 4, 1943
14 Robert S. Farrell, Jr. Republican January 4, 1943 – October 28, 1947
15 Earl T. Newbry Republican November 3, 1947 – January 7, 1957
16 Mark Hatfield Republican January 7, 1957 – Jan 12, 1959
17 Howell Appling, Jr. Republican January 12, 1959 – January 4, 1965
18 Tom McCall Republican January 4, 1965 – January 9, 1967
19 Clay Myers Republican January 9, 1967 – January 3, 1977
20 Norma Paulus Republican January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
21 Barbara Roberts Democratic January 7, 1985 – January 14, 1991
22 Phil Keisling Democratic January 14, 1991 – November 8, 1999
23 Bill Bradbury Democratic November 8, 1999 – January 5, 2009
24 Kate Brown Democratic January 5, 2009 – Incumbent

List of Living Secretary of States[edit]

As of November 2013, four former Secretary of States were alive. The most recent death of a former secretary of state was that of Mark Hatfield (1957–1959), on August 7, 2011.

Secretary of State Secretary of State term Date of birth
Norma Paulus 1977–1985 (1933-03-13) March 13, 1933 (age 81)
Barbara Roberts 1985–1991 (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 77)
Phil Keisling 1991–1999 (1955-06-23) June 23, 1955 (age 59)
Bill Bradbury 1959–1999 (1949-05-29) May 29, 1949 (age 65)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution of Oregon (Article V)". Oregon Blue Book. State of Oregon. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ Federman, Stan; Vince Kohler (June 20, 1991). "Clackamas draws the line". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ About Us. Oregon State Archives, accessed October 31, 2007.
  4. ^ About Oregon Audits Division. Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division, accessed February 16, 2012.

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