Minnesota Secretary of State

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Secretary of State of Minnesota
Great Seal of the State of Minnesota.jpg
Steve Simon 2015.jpg
Incumbent
Steve Simon

since January 5, 2015
Style
SeatMinnesota State Capitol
Saint Paul, Minnesota
AppointerGeneral election
Term lengthFour years, no term limits
Constituting instrumentMinnesota Constitution of 1858, Article V
Inaugural holderCharles K. Smith
FormationMay 11, 1858
(163 years ago)
 (May 11, 1858)
Salary$95,722[1]
WebsiteOfficial page

The Secretary of State of Minnesota is a constitutional officer in the executive branch of the U.S. State of Minnesota. Twenty-two individuals have held the office of Secretary of State since statehood. The incumbent is Steve Simon, a DFLer.

Powers and duties[edit]

The Secretary of State is keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota as prescribed by the state constitution.[2][3] As such, the Secretary of State files, certifies, and preserves in his or her office the enrolled laws of the Legislature, executive orders, commissions and proclamations issued by the Governor, state agency rules, official oaths and bonds of state officials, and miscellaneous municipal boundary records.[4] In connection with this role, the Secretary of State processes notary public applications and registers a variety of business associations in his or her capacity as company register, including corporations, cooperatives, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, assumed business names, and trademarks.[5] Additionally, a statewide computerized network maintained by the Secretary of State's office in collaboration with county recorders allows the public to search Uniform Commercial Code and tax lien records throughout the state from any filing office in the state.[6]

Hand in hand with business registration and the safekeeping of government records, the Secretary of State also administers the open appointments process for state agencies and Safe at Home, Minnesota's address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other types of crime.[7][8] Moreover, the Secretary of State annually publishes the Minnesota Legislative Manual, a compendium of federal, state, and local government information.[9] Perhaps the most visible and significant duty of the Secretary of State, however, is the administration of Minnesota's election laws. The Secretary of State is Minnesota's chief election officer and as such canvasses and certifies election returns and operates the statewide voter registration system, among other election administration duties.[10]

Aside from these functional responsibilities, the Secretary of State is an ex officio member of the Executive Council, the State Board of Investment, the State Canvassing Board, and the governing board for the Minnesota Historical Society.[11]

History[edit]

The Secretary of State's office has existed since before the Minnesota Territory achieved statehood in 1858, and the responsibilities of the office have largely remained the same in the intervening years.

Territorial Secretaries[edit]

Name Took office Left office Party
Charles K. Smith 1849 1851 Whig
Alexander Wilkin 1851 1853 Whig
Joseph Rosser 1853 1857 Democrat
Charles L. Chase 1857 1858 Democrat

Secretaries of State[edit]

In 1886, elections were moved from odd years to even years. Beginning with the 1962 election, the term of the office increased from two to four years.

No. Name Took office Left office Party
1 Francis Baasen 1858 1860 Democrat
2 James H. Baker 1860 1862 Republican
3 David Blakeley 1862 1868 Republican
4 Henry C. Rogers 1868 1870 Republican
5 Hans Mattson 1870 1872 Republican
6 Samuel P. Jennison 1872 1876 Republican
7 John S. Irgens 1876 1880 Republican
8 Frederick Von Baumbach 1880 1887 Republican
9 Hans Mattson 1887 1891 Republican
10 Frederick P. Brown 1891 1895 Republican
11 Albert Berg 1895 1901 Republican
12 Peter E. Hanson 1901 1907 Republican
13 Julius A. Schmahl 1907 1921 Republican
14 Mike Holm 1921 1952 Republican
15 H. H. Chesterman 1952 1952
16 Virginia Paul Holm 1952 1955 Republican
17 Joseph L. Donovan 1955 1971 DFL
18 Arlen Erdahl 1971 1975 Republican
19 Joan Growe 1975 1999 DFL
20 Mary Kiffmeyer 1999 2007 Republican
21 Mark Ritchie 2007 2015 DFL
22 Steve Simon 2015 DFL
  • Chesterman served as Assistant Secretary of State under Mike Holm, and was appointed to the position upon Holm's death. He left office later that same year, and never stood for election.

Notes on Minnesota political party names[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ State Elected Officials' Compensation (PDF) (Report). Minnesota House Research Department. 2021. p. 1. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Article IV, Section 23, Minnesota Constitution". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Article XIII, Section 11, Minnesota Constitution". Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "About Official Documents". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "Business Filings". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  6. ^ "UCC Filings". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  8. ^ "Safe at Home". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Get A Blue Book!". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "What Does the Secretary of State's Office Do?". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  11. ^ "What Does the Secretary of State's Office Do?". Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State. Retrieved June 29, 2021.

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