Secretary of the State of Connecticut

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The Secretary of the State of Connecticut is one of the constitutional officers of the U.S. state of Connecticut. (The definite article is part of the legal job title.) It is an elected position in the state government and has a term length of four years.

The current Secretary of the State is Denise Merrill, a Democrat who has held the office since 2011.

The Secretary of the State's Office is composed of two divisions:

List of Secretaries of the State of Connecticut[edit]

Name Town & political party Term of service Years of service
Edward Hopkins Hartford, O 1639-41 2 yrs.
Thomas Welles Hartford, O 1641-48 7 yrs.
John Cullick Hartford, O 1648-58 10 yrs.
Daniel Clark Windsor, O 1658-64, 65-67 8 yrs.
John Allyn Hartford, O 1664-65, 67-96 30 yrs.
Eleazer Kimberly Glastonbury, O 1696-1709 13 yrs.
William Whiting Hartford, O 1709 3 m.
Caleb Stanly Hartford, O 1709-12 3 yrs.
Richard Lord Hartford, O 1712 17 d.
Hezekiah Wyllys Hartford, O 1712-35 23 yrs.
George Wyllys Hartford, O 1735-96 61 yrs.
Samuel Wyllys Hartford, O 1796-1810 14 yrs.
Thomas Day Hartford, O 1810-35 25 yrs.
Royal Ralph Hinman Southbury, O 1835-42 7 yrs.
Noah A. Phelps Hartford, O 1842-44 2 yrs.
Daniel P. Tyler Pomfret, O 1844-46 2 yrs.
Charles W. Bradley Hartford, O 1846-47 1 yr.
John B. Robertson New Haven, O 1847-49 2 yrs.
Roger H. Mills N. Hartford, O 1849-50 1 yr.
Hiram Weed Danbury, D 1850 1 m.
John P. C. Mather New London, D 1850-54 3 yrs. 11 m.
Oliver H. Perry Fairfield, W 1854-55 1 yr.
Nehemiah D. Sperry New Haven, A 1855-57 2 yrs.
Orville H. Platt Meriden, AR 1857-58 1 yr.
John Boyd Winchester, R 1858-61 3 yrs.
James Hammond Trumbull Hartford, R 1861-66 5 yrs.
Leverett E. Pease Somers, U 1866-69 3 yrs.
Hiram Appleman Groton, R 1869-70 1 yr.
Thomas M. Waller New London, D 1870-71 1 yr.
Hiram Appleman Groton, R 1871-73 2 yrs.
D. W. Edgecomb Fairfield, R 1873 12 d.
Marvin H. Sanger Canterbury, D 1873-77 4 yrs.
Dwight Morris Bridgeport, D 1877-79 2 yrs.
David Torrance Derby, R 1879-81 2 yrs.
Charles E. Searls Thompson, R 1881-83 2 yrs.
D. Ward Northrop Middletown, D 1883-85 2 yrs.
Charles A. Russell Killingly, R 1885-87 2 yrs.
Leverett M. Hubbard Wallingford, R 1887-89 2 yrs.
R. Jay Walsh Greenwich, R 1889-93 4 yrs.
John J. Phelan Bridgeport, D 1893-95 2 yrs.
William C. Mowry Norwich, R 1895-97 2 yrs.
Charles Phelps Rockville, R 1897-99 2 yrs.
Huber Clark Willimantic, R 1899-1901 2 yrs.
Charles G. R. Vinal Middletown, R 1901-05 4 yrs.
Theodore Bodenwein New London, R 1905-09 4 yrs.
Matthew H. Rogers Bridgeport, R 1909-13 4 yrs.
Albert Phillips Stamford, D 1913-15 2 yrs.
Charles D. Burnes Greenwich, R 1915-17 2 yrs.
Frederick L. Perry New Haven, R 1917-21 4 yrs.
Donald J. Warner Salisbury, R 1921-23 2 yrs.
Francis A. Pallotti Hartford, R 1923-29 6 yrs.
William L. Higgins Coventry, R 1929-33 4 yrs.
John A. Danaher Hartford, R 1933-35 2 yrs.
C. John Satti New London, D 1935-39 4 yrs.
Sara B. Crawford Westport, R 1939-41 2 yrs.
Chase G. Woodhouse New London, D 1941-43 2 yrs.
Frances B. Redick Newington, R 1943-45 2 yrs.
Charles J. Prestia New Britain, D 1945-47 2 yrs.
Frances B. Redick Newington, R 1947-49 2 yrs.
Winifred McDonald Waterbury, D 1949-51 2 yrs.
Alice K. Leopold Weston, R 1951-53 2 yrs. 10 m. 27 d.
Charles B. Keats Bridgeport, R 1953-55 1 yr. 1 m. 4 d.
Mildred P. Allen Hartford, R 1955-59 4 yrs.
Ella T. Grasso Windsor Locks, D 1959-71 12 yrs.
Gloria Schaffer Woodbridge, D 1971-78 7 yrs. 8 m. 19 d.
Henry S. Cohn West Hartford, D 1978-79 3 m. 9 d.
Barbara B. Kennelly Hartford, D 1979-82 3 yrs. 22 d.
Maura L. Melley Wethersfield, D 1982-83 11 m. 8 d.
Julia Tashjian Windsor, D 1983-91 8 yrs.
Pauline R. Kezer Plainville, R 1991-95 4 yrs.
Miles S. Rapoport West Hartford, D 1995-99 4 yrs.
Susan Bysiewicz Middletown, D 1999-2011 12 yrs.
Denise Merrill Mansfield, D 2011- Incumbent

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