John C. Wobensmith
|71st Secretary of State of Maryland|
|Assumed office |
January 21, 2015
Acting: January 21, 2015 – February 13, 2015
|Preceded by||John P. McDonough|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BA)|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
John C. Wobensmith is an American politician who has served as the 71st secretary of state of Maryland since January 21, 2015.
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. He also served as the senior United States Department of Defense representative in Turkey.
Wobensmith served on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for nine years and after retirement from federal civilian employment, was vice president for International Marketing for Sensys Technologies in London. He also worked for the American Foreign Policy Council.
Maryland secretary of state
Governor-elect Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Wobensmith as secretary of state of Maryland on December 30, 2014. As secretary of state, Wobensmith oversees the registration of notaries and charitable organizations and serves as the governor's liaison for labor relations. He serves as the chair of the Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs and is on the Board of State Canvassers.
- "John C. Wobensmith, Maryland Secretary of State". msa.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2020-09-11.
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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.