Secretary of State of Arkansas
The Secretary of State's Office is composed of seven divisions:
- The Building & Grounds Division maintains the Arkansas State Capitol and its surrounding grounds and gardens.
- The Business & Commercial Services Division is responsible for filing liens pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code, registering business entities and trademarks, collecting the state franchise tax, and licensing notaries public.
- The Communications & Education Division provides public education about civics and the History of Arkansas, and produces various state publications.
- The Elections Division administers elections, regulates campaign finance and lobbying, and ensures compliance with state and federal election laws.
- The Fiscal Office deals with the internal financial, logistical, and personnel matters of the Office of the Secretary of State. They also distribute the Arkansas and United States flag.
- The Secretary also runs the State Capitol Gift Shop.
- The State Capitol Police provide security for the State Capitol building and police services for the Capitol Complex.
Only Democrats were elected to the office of Secretary of State from Reconstruction until the retirement of Charlie Daniels to run for State Auditor in 2010, when the first modern-day Republican to hold the office, Mark Martin, was elected.
Robert A. Watkins (D) 1836- 1840 D. B. Greer 1840-1842 John Winfrey (D) 1842 D. B. Greer (D) 1842-1859 Alexander Boileau (D) 1859-1860 S. W. Weaver (D) 1860 John I. Stirman (D/Confederate) 1860-1862 O. H. Oates (Confederate) 1862-1864 Robert J. T. White (R) 1864-1871 James M. Johnson (R) 1871-1874 Benton B. Beavers (D) 1874-1879 Jacob Frolich (D) 1879-1885 Elias B. Moore (D) 1885-1889 B. B. Chism (D) 1889-1893 H. B. Armistead (D) 1893-1897 Alexander C. Hull (D) 1897-1901 J. W. Crockett (D) 1901-1905 O. C. Ludwig (D) 1905-1911 Earle W. Hodges (D) 1911-1917 Tom J. Terral (D) 1917-1921 Ira C. Hopper (D) 1921-1925 Jim B. Higgins (D) 1925-1931 Ed F. McDonald (D) 1931-1937 C. G. “Crip” Hall (D) 1937-1961 Nancy J. Hall (D) 1961-1963 Kelly Bryant (D) 1963-1975 George O. Jernigan Jr. (D) 1975-1977 J. Winston Bryant (D) 1977-1979 Paul Riviere (D) 1979-1985 William J. “Bill” McCuen (D) 1985-1995 Sharon M. Priest (D) 1995-2003 Charles L. "Charlie" Daniels (D) 2003-2011 Mark Martin (R) 2011-
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