Oregon Secretary of State

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Secretary of State of Oregon
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Incumbent
Jeanne P. Atkins

since March 11, 2015
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Lucien Heath
Formation Oregon Constitution
Website Oregon Secretary of State

The Secretary of State of Oregon, an elected constitutional officer within the executive branch of government of the U.S. state of Oregon, is first in line of succession to the Governor.[1] The duties of office are: auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer, and administrator of public records. Additionally, the Secretary of State serves on the Oregon State Land Board and chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board. Following every United States Census, if the Oregon Legislative Assembly cannot come to agreement over changes to legislative redistricting, the duty falls to the Secretary of State.

Jeanne Atkins is the current Secretary of State, having taken office on March 11, 2015, after her appointment by Governor Kate Brown.[2] She is a Democrat. Because Atkins was appointed rather than elected, she is not included in the line of succession, and the first in line to the governorship is Treasurer Ted Wheeler.[3]

Divisions[edit]

  • Archives Division maintains the official records of Oregon government, provides public access to them, and publishes the Oregon Blue Book and the Oregon Administrative Rules. Established in 1947, the division is located in the Cecil L. Edwards Archives Building in downtown Salem on the capitol mall.[4]
  • Audits Division provides oversight of public spending. The department began in 1929 and oversees state agency compliance with accounting rules, reports on the performance of state departments, and oversees the standards for audits of local governments within Oregon, among other tasks.[5]
  • Corporation Division handles filings relating to company law, including formation of corporations and other businesses and organizations, and other matters related to the Uniform Commercial Code. They are also in charge of operating the notaries public system.
  • Elections Division performs administrative and oversight duties with respect to elections in concert with the County governments, maintains a central voter registry, and publishes the Voters' Pamphlet. These duties include working with the referendum, initiative, and recall process and accepting the registration of candidates for elective office.
  • Executive Division oversees the other four divisions of the office. The Secretary of State's office is located in the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

List of Oregon Secretaries of State[edit]

Provisional government (1841–1849)[edit]

Five individuals served as Clerk and Recorder, the predecessor office to Secretary of State:

Territorial government (1849–1859)[edit]

Oregon's first Territorial Secretary was elected by the legislature, to serve until his successors could be appointed by the President of the United States.

# Image Name Party Term
1 No image.svg Theophilus R. Magruder Whig March 10, 1849 – April 9, 1849
2 No image.svg Kintzing Prichette Democratic April 9, 1849 – September 18, 1850
3 No image.svg Edward D. Hamilton Whig September 18, 1850 – May 14, 1853
4 George Law Curry in 1860s.jpg George L. Curry Democratic May 14, 1853 – January 27, 1855
5 Benjamin F. Harding - Brady-Handy.jpg Benjamin Harding Democratic January 27, 1855 – March 3, 1859

Oregon State government (1859–present)[edit]

# Name Party Term
1 Lucien Heath.png Lucien Heath Democratic March 3, 1859 – September 8, 1862
2 No image.svg Samuel E. May Republican September 8, 1862 – September 10, 1870
3 Stephen F. Chadwick cph.3c34814.jpg Stephen F. Chadwick Democratic September 10, 1870 – September 2, 1878
4 No image.svg Rockey Preston Earhart Republican September 2, 1878 – January 10, 1887
5 George W. McBride.jpg George W. McBride Republican January 10, 1887 – January 14, 1895
6 No image.svg Harrison R. Kincaid Republican January 14, 1895 – January 9, 1899
7 No image.svg Frank L. Dunbar Republican January 9, 1899 – January 14, 1907
8 Frank W. Benson 1910.JPG Frank W. Benson Republican January 15, 1907 – April 14, 1911
9 Ben W Olcott.jpg Ben W. Olcott Republican April 17, 1911 – May 28, 1920
10 Sam Kozer.png Sam A. Kozer Republican May 28, 1920 – September 24, 1928
11 No image.svg Hal E. Hoss Republican September 24, 1928 – February 6, 1934
12 No image.svg Peter J. Stadelman Republican February 9, 1934 – January 7, 1935
13 No image.svg Earl Snell Republican January 7, 1935 – January 4, 1943
14 No image.svg Robert S. Farrell Republican January 4, 1943 – October 28, 1947
15 No image.svg Earl T. Newbry Republican November 3, 1947 – January 7, 1957
16 Mark hatfield.jpg Mark Hatfield Republican January 7, 1957 – January 12, 1959
17 No image.svg Howell Appling Republican January 12, 1959 – January 4, 1965
18 McCall using kerosene lamp.jpeg Tom McCall Republican January 4, 1965 – January 9, 1967
19 ClayMyers.png Clay Myers Republican January 9, 1967 – January 3, 1977
20 Norma Paulus 2008.jpg Norma Paulus Republican January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
21 Governor Barbara Roberts.jpg Barbara Roberts Democratic January 7, 1985 – January 14, 1991
22 No image.svg Phil Keisling Democratic January 14, 1991 – November 8, 1999
23 Bill Bradbury.jpg Bill Bradbury Democratic November 8, 1999 – January 5, 2009
24 Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, cropped.jpg Kate Brown Democratic January 5, 2009 – February 18, 2015
25 Jeanne Atkins cropped 2.jpg Jeanne Atkins Democratic March 11, 2015 – present

List of living Secretaries of State[edit]

As of March 2015, five former Secretaries of State were alive. The most recent death of a former secretary of state was that of Mark Hatfield (1957–1959), on August 7, 2011.

Secretary of State Secretary of State term Date of birth
Norma Paulus 1977–1985 (1933-03-13) March 13, 1933 (age 83)
Barbara Roberts 1985–1991 (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 79)
Phil Keisling 1991–1999 (1955-06-23) June 23, 1955 (age 61)
Bill Bradbury 1999–2009 (1949-05-29) May 29, 1949 (age 67)
Kate Brown 2009–2015 (1960-06-21) June 21, 1960 (age 56)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution of Oregon (Article V)". Oregon Blue Book. State of Oregon. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ Kullgren, Ian (March 11, 2015). "Jeanne Atkins sworn in as Oregon Secretary of State". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lehman, Chris (March 6, 2015). "Jeanne Atkins Named Oregon's Next Secretary Of State". KUOW. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ About Us. Oregon State Archives, accessed October 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Oregon Audits Division. Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division, accessed February 16, 2012.

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