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John C. Wobensmith

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John Wobensmith
71st Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
January 21, 2015 – January 18, 2023
Acting: January 21, 2015 – February 13, 2015
GovernorLarry Hogan
Preceded byJohn P. McDonough
Succeeded bySusan C. Lee
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy

John C. Wobensmith is an American politician who served as the 71st secretary of state of Maryland from 2015 to 2023.



Wobensmith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the National War College.[1]



Wobensmith served in the United States Navy and worked for five decades in national security under U.S. presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.[2] He also served as the senior United States Department of Defense representative in Turkey.[3]

Wobensmith served on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for nine years[2] and after retirement from federal civilian employment, was vice president for International Marketing for Sensys Technologies in London.[3] He also worked for the American Foreign Policy Council.[4]

Wobensmith served as the treasurer for the 2014 HoganRutherford gubernatorial election campaign and was a member of Hogan's transition team.[2][4]

Maryland secretary of state


Governor-elect Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Wobensmith as secretary of state of Maryland on December 30, 2014.[5] As secretary of state, Wobensmith oversaw the registration of notaries and charitable organizations and served as the governor's liaison for labor relations. He served as the chair of the Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs and was on the Board of State Canvassers.


  1. ^ "John C. Wobensmith, Maryland Secretary of State". msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
  2. ^ a b c Bauer-Wolf, Jeremy (January 1, 2015). "Hogan appoints Owings to cabinet". The Gazette. Archived from the original on January 24, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Gov.-elect Larry Hogan selects familar [sic] faces for cabinet nominees". WMAR-TV. December 30, 2014. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Cox, Erin (December 30, 2014). "Hogan appoints four more Cabinet members". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hogan appointments". Cumberland Times-News. Associated Press (photo). January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. Hogan names four people to key posts in his administration on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 ... John Wobensmith (far right) was appointed secretary of state. The appointments require state Senate confirmation.
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary of State of Maryland
Succeeded by