Ken Detzner

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Ken Detzner
Ken Detzner official photo.jpg
28th Secretary of State of Florida
In office
February 17, 2012 – January 8, 2019
GovernorRick Scott
Preceded byKurt S. Browning
Succeeded byMike Ertel
In office
January 7, 2003 – February 26, 2003
GovernorJeb Bush
Preceded byJames C. Smith
Succeeded byGlenda Hood
Personal details
Born (1952-09-18) September 18, 1952 (age 66)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Political partyDemocratic (before 1984)
Republican (1984–present)
EducationFlorida State University (BA)
WebsiteGovernment website

Kenneth W. Detzner (born September 18, 1952) is an American politician who served as the 28th Secretary of State of Florida from 2012 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously held the office in 2003 in an acting capacity.


Early years[edit]

Detzner graduated from Florida State University in 1975.[1] He was a registered Democrat until 1984 when he changed his registration to Republican. He worked as a lobbyist for the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association. He served as chief of staff to James C. Smith, then the Secretary of State of Florida, from 2002 to 2003.

Secretary of State of Florida[edit]

After the 2002 election, Governor of Florida Jeb Bush appointed Detzner as interim Secretary of State, prior to the swearing-in of Glenda Hood.[2]

In January 2012, Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning announced his resignation to run for School Superintendent of Pasco County. Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida, appointed Detzner to the position to succeed him on January 18, 2012 and he was confirmed by the Florida Senate in late February.[3]

As Florida Secretary of State, Detzner has been accused of continuing a "voter purge" begun by Browning. The United States Department of Justice asked the state to suspend the practice of removing possible ineligible voters from voters lists.[4] Detzner called for machine recounts in the 2018 U.S. Senate election and 2018 gubernatorial election.[5] He called for manual recounts in the U.S. Senate race on November 15, 2018.[6]


  1. ^ "Florida recount: Rick Scott appointee to oversee". November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Any voting issues in Florida will fall in Ken Detzner's lap". The Tampa Bay Times. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Detzner confirmed as Florida's new Secretary of State". February 27, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "U.S. Justice Department asks Florida to end voter purge". The New York Times. June 1, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Florida vote: Recounts ordered for U.S. Senate, governor, agriculture commissioner". Orlando Sentinel. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Florida orders first ever statewide hand-recounts as legal fights continue | Tampa Bay Times". Retrieved November 16, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Smith
Secretary of State of Florida

Succeeded by
Glenda Hood
Preceded by
Kurt Browning
Secretary of State of Florida
Succeeded by
Mike Ertel