Minnesota Secretary of State
|Secretary of State of Minnesota|
|Type||Secretary of State|
|Member of||Minnesota Executive Council|
|First holder||Charles K. Smith|
|Website||Minnesota Secretary of State website|
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The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota and files and certifies the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents. The Secretary of State registers a variety of business associations, including corporations, assumed business names, banks, insurance companies, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and limited partnerships. A statewide computerized network with county recorders is maintained so that the public may search Uniform Commercial Code records throughout the state from any filing office.
The Secretary of State is also the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for administration of the Minnesota election law. The secretary of state administers the open appointments process and publishes the Minnesota Legislative Manual, a compendium of federal, state and county government information.
The Secretary of State serves as a member on the Minnesota Executive Council, Minnesota Board of Investment, and the Minnesota Historical Society executive board.
|Name||Took Office||Left Office||Party|
|Charles K. Smith||1849||1851||Whig|
|Charles L. Chase||1857||1858||Democrat|
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|
|2||James H. Baker||1860||1862||Republican|
|4||Henry C. Rogers||1868||1870||Republican|
|6||Samuel P. Jennison||1872||1876||Republican|
|7||John S. Irgens||1876||1880||Republican|
|8||Frederick Von Baumbach||1880||1887||Republican|
|10||Frederick P. Brown||1891||1895||Republican|
|12||Peter E. Hanson||1901||1907||Republican|
|13||Julius A. Schmahl||1907||1921||Republican|
|15||H. H. Chesterman||1952||1952|
|16||Virginia Paul Holm||1952||1955||Republican|
|17||Joseph L. Donovan||1955||1971||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
- Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party: On April 15, 1944 the state Democratic Party and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party merged and created the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). It is affiliated with the national Democratic Party.
- Republican Party of Minnesota: From November 15, 1975 to September 23, 1995 the name of the state Republican party was the Independent-Republican party (I-R). The party has always been affiliated with the national Republican Party.