Ohio Secretary of State

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Secretary of State of Ohio
Seal of Ohio Secretary of State.svg
Seal of the Secretary of State
Jon A. Husted

since January 9, 2011
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, two term limit
Inaugural holder William Creighton, Jr.
Formation Ohio Constitution
Salary $109,554
Website Office of the Secretary of State of Ohio
sticker passed out to Ohio voters

The Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing elections in the State of Ohio. The Secretary of State also is responsible for registering business entities (corporations, etc.) and granting them the authority to do business within the state, registering secured transactions, and granting access to public documents.

From 1803 to 1851, the Ohio Secretary of State was elected by the Ohio General Assembly to a three-year term. The 1851 Ohio Constitution made the office elective, with a two-year term. In 1954, the office's term was extended to four years. The Secretary of State is elected in even-numbered, off cycle years, (no Presidential elections), after partisan primary elections.

List of Ohio Secretaries of State[edit]

Term Secretary of State Party Image notes
1803–1808 William Creighton, Jr. Democratic-Republican William Creighton Jr.png
1808–1831 Jeremiah McLene Democratic
1831–1835 Moses H. Kirby Whig Moses H. Kirby (Mason).jpg
1835–1836 Benjamin B. Hinkson Democratic   resigned February 12, 1836[1]
1836–1840 Carter B. Harlan Democratic   died
1840–1841 William Trevitt Democratic
1841–1844 John Sloane Whig Colonel John Sloane.jpg
1844–1850 Samuel Galloway Whig Samuel Galloway 002.png
1850–1852 Henry W. King Free Soil Henry W. King.png
1852–1856 William Trevitt (2nd) Democratic
1856–1858 James H. Baker Republican James H. Baker.png
1858–1862 Addison P. Russell Republican Addison Peale Russell.png
1862 Benjamin R. Cowen Republican Benjamin Rush Cowen.png resigned
1862–1863 Wilson S. Kennon Republican
1863–1865 William W. Armstrong Democratic
1865–1868 William Henry Smith Republican William Henry Smith (American politician).jpg resigned
1868–1869 John Russell Republican
1869–1873 Isaac R. Sherwood Republican Isaac R. Sherwood - Clara Barton Centenary.jpg
1873–1875 Allen T. Wikoff Republican Allen T. Wikoff.png
1875–1877 William Bell, Jr. Democratic William Bell, Jr. (1900).png
1877–1881 Milton Barnes Republican Milton Barnes.png
1881–1883 Charles Townsend Republican Charles Townsend (Ohio politician)-1892.jpg
1883–1885 James W. Newman Democratic James W. Newman 1882.jpg
1885–1889 James Sidney Robinson Republican James Sidney Robinson.png
1889–1891 Daniel J. Ryan Republican Daniel J. Ryan 003.png Resigned April, 1891. [2]
1891–1893 Christian L. Poorman Republican Christian L. Poorman.png
1893–1897 Samuel M. Taylor Republican Samuel McIntire Taylor.png
1897–1901 Charles Kinney Republican Charles Kinney.png
1901–1907 Lewis C. Laylin Republican Lewis Cass Laylin (1905).png
1907–1911 Carmi Thompson Republican Carmi Thompson.png
1911–1915 Charles H. Graves Democratic Charles H. Graves (circa 1912).png
1915–1917 Charles Quinn Hildebrant Republican Charles Q. Hildebrant 1918.jpg
1917–1919 William D. Fulton Democratic William Duane Fulton (1918).png
1919–1923 Harvey C. Smith Republican Harvey C. Smith.png
1923–1927 Thad H. Brown Republican Thad H. Brown-1937-10-7.jpg
1927–1933 Clarence J. Brown Sr. Republican Clarence J. Brown as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.png
1933-1936 George S. Myers Democratic George S. Myers (1920).png
1936–1939 William J. Kennedy Democratic
1939–1940 Earl Griffith Republican   died
1940–1941 George M. Neffiner Republican
1941–1943 John E. Sweeney Democratic
1943–1949 Edward J. Hummel Republican
1949–1951 Donald K. Zoller Republican
1951–1979 Ted W. Brown Republican
1979–1983 Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. Democratic
1983–1991 Sherrod Brown Democratic Sherrod Brown USCB photograph.jpg
1991–1999 Robert A. Taft II Republican Hyland software thirdfrontiersummit 2002 Taft Hyland close cropped.jpg
1999–2007 J. Kenneth Blackwell Republican Ken Blackwell.jpg
2007—2011 Jennifer L. Brunner Democratic Jennifer Brunner 2006-03-22.png
2011— Jon A. Husted Republican Ohio Electoral College 2012 1.JPG

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... State of Ohio. p. 170. 
  2. ^ Gilkey, Elliott Howard, ed. (1901). The Ohio Hundred Year Book: a Handbook of the Public Men and Public Institutions of Ohio ... State of Ohio. p. 425. 

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