Secretary of State of Washington

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The Secretary of State of Washington is one of the elected constitutional officers of the U.S. state of Washington. The duties of the office are specified in Article III, Section 17 of the Washington State Constitution and Chapter 43.07 of the Revised Code of Washington. The Secretary of State is second (behind the Lieutenant Governor) in the line of succession to the Office of the Governor. There have been 14 Secretaries of State since Washington became a state.

The current Secretary of State is Kim Wyman.


Washington's Secretary of State has a broader range of duties than many other State Secretaries of State.


The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Seal of Washington, and is responsible for regulating its use, affixing it to commissions, pardons, and other documents to which the signature of the Governor is required, and filing and attesting to official acts of the Legislature and Governor.[1][2]

The Secretary also administers elections, voter registrations, and ballot initiatives.[3] These responsibilities include supervising state and local elections, and certifying the results of state primaries and general elections; filing and verifying initiatives and referenda; and producing and distributing the State Voters' Pamphlet and election-notice legal advertising. Lobbying and campaign finance matters are regulated by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.[4]


The Corporations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State[5] is responsible for registering limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies.[6] This division is also responsible for registration of domestic partnerships.[7] He is not, however, responsible for Uniform Commercial Code matters, as these are administered by the Washington Department of Licensing.[8] The Secretary is one of the officials in charge of promoting international trade in the State of Washington.[9]


  • The Secretary administers the state's Address Confidentiality Program,[10] which protects the privacy of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.
  • As the primary record keeper of the State of Washington, the Secretary is also in charge of the State Library,[11] State Archives,[12] and various other historical & genealogical records and making those records available for research. The Secretary also coordinates implementation of the state's records management laws.[13]
  • The Secretary also regulates charities and charitable trusts,[14] including registering individuals, organizations and commercial fundraisers involved in charitable solicitations.
  • The Secretary is the Chairman of the Washington State Productivity Board, which seeks to improve government efficiency and customer service, and eliminate waste.[15]
  • The Secretary is an ex officio non-voting member of the committees for the Washington State Medals of Valor and Merit.[16][17]
  • The Secretary is responsible for regulating the use of the Washington State Flag.[18]

List of Washington Secretaries of State[edit]

The State of Washington has had a total of fifteen Secretaries of State:[19]

  1. Allan Weir 1889—1896
  2. James Price 1892—1896 (R)
  3. Will Jenkins 1896—1900 (populist)
  4. Samuel Nichols 1900—1909 (R)
  5. Ithamar Howell 1909—1920 (R)
  6. Jay Hinkle 1920—1932 (R)
  7. Earnest Hutchinson 1932—1938 (D)
  8. Belle Reeves 1938—1948 (D)
  9. Earl Coe 1948—1956 (D)
  10. Vic Meyers 1956—1964 (D)
  11. Lud Kramer 1964—1975 (R)
  12. Bruce Chapman 1975—1980 (R)
  13. Ralph Munro 1980—2000 (R)
  14. Sam Reed 2000—2013 (R)
  15. Kim Wyman 2013—present (R)

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