Georgia Secretary of State

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The Secretary of State of the U.S. state of Georgia is an elected official with a wide variety of responsibilities, including supervising elections and maintaining public records and people.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp resigned November 8th 2018 in order to begin transitioning to the office of Governor. Outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Robyn Crittenden to fill the term until January 2019 (Press release). Crittenden is the first African American woman to hold a Georgia statewide constitutional office.

List of Secretaries of State of Georgia[edit]

# Name Party Took Office Left Office
1[1] John Milton 1777 1799
2 Horatio Marbury 1799 1811
3 Abner Hammond 1811 1823
4 Everard Hamilton 1823 1833
5 William A. Tennille 1833 1843
6 Nathan Crawford Barnett 1843 1849
7 George Washington Harrison 1849 1851
8 Nathan Crawford Barnett 1851 1853
9 Elihu P. Watkins 1853 1861
10 Nathan Crawford Barnett 1861 1868
11 David G. Cotting Republican 1868 1873
12 Nathan Crawford Barnett Democrat [3] 1873 1890 a
13 Philip Cook, Sr. Democrat 1890 1894 a
14 Allen D. Candler Democrat 1894 1898
15 William C. Clifton 1898 1898
16 Philip Cook, Jr. Democrat 1898 1918 a
17 Henry Bascomb Strange 1918 1919
18 Samuel Guyton McLendon 1919 1928 a
19 George Henry Carswell Democrat 1928 1931
20 John Bryan Wilson Democrat 1931 1946 a
21 Benjamin W. Fortson, Jr. Democrat 1946 1979 a
22 David Bryan Poythress Democrat 1979 1983
23 Joseph Maxwell “Max” Cleland Democrat 1983 1996
24 Lewis A. Massey Democrat 1996 1999
25 Lera Catharine “Cathy” Cox Democrat 1999 2007
26 Karen Handel Republican 2007 2010
27 Brian Kemp Republican 2010 2018
28 Robyn Crittenden Republican 2018 Incumbent

(a) Died in Office

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