Secretary of State of Maine

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The Secretary of State of Maine is elected by the Legislature in that U.S. state. The basis of the office is Article V of the Maine Constitution. The Maine Secretary of State is responsible for administering elections, the Maine State Archives, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and for chartering corporations. The Secretary of State is elected at the start of the first session of the Maine Legislature for a two year term, concurrent with the other constitutional officers of Maine. The incumbent is Matthew Dunlap, who took office in January 2013. Dunlap previously held the office from January 2005 to January 2011.

List of Secretaries of State[edit]

Tenure Secretary of State Hometown Party Notes
1820–1821 Ashur Ware Portland Democratic-Republican
1822–1828 Amos Nichols Augusta Democratic-Republican
1829–1830 Edward Russell North Yarmouth National Republican
1831–1834 Roscoe Greene Portland Democratic
1835–1837 Asaph Nichols Augusta Democratic
1838 Samuel P. Benson Winthrop Whig
1839 Asaph Nichols Augusta Democratic
1840 Philip C. Johnson Augusta Democratic
1841 Samuel P. Benson Winthrop Democratic
1842–1844 Philip C. Johnson Augusta Democratic
1845 William B. Hartwell Augusta Democratic
1846–1849 E.B. French Damariscotta Democratic
1850–1853 John G. Sawyer Augusta Democratic
1854–1855 Alden Jackson Augusta Whig
1856 Caleb R. Ayer Cornish Democratic
1857 Alden Jackson Augusta Democratic
1858–1860 Noah Smith, Jr. Calais Republican
1861–1863 Joseph B. Hall Presque Isle Republican
1864–1867 Ephraim Flint, Jr. Dover Republican
1868–1871 Franklin M. Drew Brunswick Republican
1872–1874 Geo. B. Stacy Richmond Republican Resigned
1875 Sidney Perham Paris, Maine Republican Previously served as Governor.
1876–1878 S.J. Chadbourne Dixmont Democratic
1879 Edward H. Gove Biddeford Democratic
1880 S.J. Chadbourne Augusta Republican
1881–1884 Joseph O. Smith Augusta Republican
1885–1892 Oramandal Smith Litchfield Republican
1891–1896 Nicholas Fessenden Fort Fairfield Republican
1897–1906 Byron Boyd Augusta Republican
1907–1910 Arthur I. Brown Belfast Republican
1911–1912 Cyrus W. Dabis Waterville Democrat
1913–1914 Joseph E. Alexander Richmond Republican
1915–1916 John E. Bunker Eden Democrat
1917–1926 Frank W. Ball Dover Republican
1927–1932 Edgar C. Smith Augusta Republican
1933–1934 Robinson C. Tobey Augusta Republican
1935–1936 Lewis O. Barrows Newport Republican
1937–1941 Frederick Robie Gorham Republican
1942–1960 Harold I. Goss Gardiner Republican Longest-serving Maine Secretary of State
1961–1964 Paul A. MacDonald Coopers Mills Republican
1965–1966 Kenneth M. Curtis Cape Elizabeth Democratic
1967–1974 Joseph T. Edgar Farmingdale Republican
1975–1978 Markham L. Gartley Greenville Democratic Ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Olympia Snowe in 1978.
1979–1988 Rodney S. Quinn Augusta Democratic
1989–1996 G. William Diamond Windham Democratic
1997–2004 Dan Gwadosky Fairfield Democratic
2005-2010 Matthew Dunlap Old Town Democratic
2011-2012 Charles E. Summers, Jr. Scarborough Republican
2013-present Matthew Dunlap Old Town Democratic

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