Nina Mitchell Wells

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Nina Mitchell Wells is a former Secretary of State of New Jersey. She served in the cabinet of Governor Jon Corzine. Prior to assuming her cabinet post in January 2006, Wells served as a vice president at Schering-Plough and as an assistant dean at Rutgers School of Law—Newark. Wells received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

As Secretary of State, Wells served a set term of four years, concurrent to the term of the governor. Her term expired on January 19, 2010. As Secretary, she is the state's chief elections officer, oversees tourism, historical affairs, cultural and arts programs, Native American affairs, literacy, volunteerism, the state archives and the state museum.

She and her husband, criminal defense lawyer Ted Wells, reside in Livingston, New Jersey.[1]

In 2008, Wells was named as a defendant in the case Donofrio v. Wells, an attempt to force her to stay the presidential election in New Jersey pending investigations into the citizenship of Barack Obama. The case was ultimately unsuccessful.[2]


  1. ^ State of New Jersey biography for Nina Mitchell Wells, State of New Jersey, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 31, 2007. Accessed February 24, 2011. "Secretary Wells and her husband, Ted Wells, Esq. reside in Livingston, NJ and have two grown children, Teresa and Phillip."
  2. ^ Obama Citizenship - Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge Washington Post
Political offices
Preceded by
Regena Thomas
Secretary of State of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Kim Guadagno