Secretary of State of Arkansas
|Secretary of State of Arkansas|
|Seat||State Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once (Seventy-third Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution of 1874)|
|Constituting instrument||Arkansas Constitution of 1836|
|Precursor||Secretary of Arkansas Territory|
|Formation||September 16, 1836|
|First holder||Robert A. Watkins|
The secretary of state's office is composed of seven divisions:
- The Building & Grounds Division maintains the Arkansas State Capitol and its surrounding grounds and gardens.
- The Business & Commercial Services Division is responsible for filing liens pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code, registering business entities and trademarks, collecting the state franchise tax, and licensing notaries public.
- The Communications & Education Division provides public education about civics and the History of Arkansas, and produces various state publications.
- The Elections Division administers elections, regulates campaign finance and lobbying, and ensures compliance with state and federal election laws.
- The Fiscal Office deals with the internal financial, logistical, and personnel matters of the Office of the Secretary of State. They also distribute the Arkansas and United States flag.
- The secretary also runs the State Capitol gift shop.
- The State Capitol Police provide security for the State Capitol building and police services for the Capitol Complex.
Democrats were elected exclusively to the office of secretary of state from the later Reconstruction era until the retirement of Charlie Daniels to run for State Auditor in 2010, when the first modern-day Republican to hold the office, Mark Martin, was elected. Secretaries of state during the statehood of Arkansas include:
- Robert A. Watkins (D) 1836–1840
- D. B. Greer 1840–1842
- John Winfrey (D) 1842
- D. B. Greer (D) 1842–1859
- Alexander Boileau (D) 1859–1860
- S. W. Weaver (D) 1860
- John I. Stirman (D) 1860–1862
- O. H. Oates (Confederate) 1862–1864
- Robert J. T. White (R) 1864–1871
- James M. Johnson (R) 1871–1874
- Benton B. Beavers (D) 1874–1879
- Jacob Frolich (D) 1879–1885
- Elias B. Moore (D) 1885–1889
- B. B. Chism (D) 1889–1893
- H. B. Armistead (D) 1893–1897
- Alexander C. Hull (D) 1897–1901
- J. W. Crockett (D) 1901–1905
- O. C. Ludwig (D) 1905–1911
- Earle W. Hodges (D) 1911–1917
- Tom J. Terral (D) 1917–1921
- Ira C. Hopper (D) 1921–1925
- Jim B. Higgins (D) 1925–1931
- Ed F. McDonald (D) 1931–1937
- C. G. "Crip" Hall (D) 1937–1961
- Nancy J. Hall (D) 1961–1963
- Kelly Bryant (D) 1963–1975
- George O. Jernigan Jr. (D) 1975–1977
- Winston Bryant (D) 1977–1979
- Paul Riviere (D) 1979–1985
- William J. "Bill" McCuen (D) 1985–1995
- Sharon M. Priest (D) 1995–2003
- Charlie Daniels (D) 2003–2011
- Mark Martin (R) 2011–2019
- John Thurston (R) 2019–present
- General information
- Arkansas Secretary of State at Ballotpedia
- Arkansas: Secretaries of State at The Political Graveyard
- Works by or about Arkansas. Office of the Secretary of State at Internet Archive
- Works by or about Arkansas Office of the Secretary of State in libraries (WorldCat catalog)