Secretary of State of Nevada

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Secretary of State of Nevada
Barbara Cegavske

since January 5, 2015
Term lengthFour years, two term limit
Inaugural holderChauncey N. Noteware 1864

The Secretary of State of Nevada is a statewide elected office in the State of Nevada. The secretary of state post is common to many U.S. states. In Nevada, it is a constitutional office (i.e., it is mandated by the Constitution of Nevada).

The current Secretary of State, Republican Barbara Cegavske, was elected in 2014. Cegavske was preceded by Ross Miller, who served as Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015.


The Nevada Secretary of State's Office is composed of five divisions:

  • The Commercial Recordings Division has offices in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas. It registers business organizations and keeps their documentation up to date. This division also registers trade names, trademarks, service marks, rights of publicity, and filings pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code.
  • The Elections Division is located in the Capitol Building in Carson City. The Division certifies candidates, registers and files Candidate Contribution and Expenditure Reports, certifies ballot questions, supervises elections, and reports and certifies the results of state primary and general elections. The Division also administers the state's Confidential Address Program for victims of domestic violence.
  • The Notary Division of the Secretary of State's office is responsible for appointing, training, and disciplining the notaries public within the state of Nevada. The Division is also charged with administering the state's digital signature laws and with notarizing apostilles. The Division is located in Carson City.
  • The Operations Division of the Secretary of State’s office manages important internal functions of the office including accounting, budget and information technology (IT). This division is responsible for the office’s $20 million budget and more than $100 million in annual revenues realized by the office. The IT component oversees the development and maintenance of the electronic Secretary of State (eSoS) application, statewide voter database, the agency’s website and other important applications and tools.[1]
  • The Securities Division is located in Las Vegas, with a satellite office in Reno. The Securities Division is charged with the regulation of the state's securities industry. The Division licenses individuals who sell securities, registers securities offerings, and enforces the civil and criminal provisions of the state's securities laws. The Securities Division also is tasked with licensing sports agents, pursuant to the Athletes Agent Act of 2001.[2]

Other duties[edit]

The Secretary of State acts as the official record-keeper of the state of Nevada, and is the keeper of the State Seal of Nevada. The Secretary also maintains the official bond of the state treasurer, and serves on the State Board of Prison Commissioners, the State Board of Examiners, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, the State Records Committee, the State Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy and the Executive Branch Audit Committee.[3]

The Secretary also maintains the state's registry of living wills and advance medical directives,[4] and maintains a list of ministers and clergy in the state.[5]


In 2004, under the leadership of then Secretary of State Dean Heller, Nevada became the first state in the nation to implement an auditable paper trail to electronic voting machines.[6]

List of secretaries of state[edit]

Secretaries of state of the Territory of Nevada[edit]

Territorial secretaries of state by party affiliation
Party Secretaries of state
Republican 1
# Name Term of service Political party
1 Orion Clemens 1861–1864 Republican

Secretaries of state of the State of Nevada[edit]

Secretaries of state by party affiliation
Party Secretaries of state
Republican 9
Democratic 7
Silver 1
# Name Term of service Political party
1 Chauncey N. Noteware 1864–1871 Republican
2 James D. Minor 1871–1879 Republican
3 Jasper Babcock 1879–1883 Republican
4 John M. Dormer 1883–1891 Republican
5 Oscar H. Grey 1891–1895 Republican
6 Eugene Howell 1895–1903 Silver
7 William Gibb Douglass 1903–1911 Republican
8 George Brodigan 1911–1923 Democratic
9 William G. Greathouse 1923–1937 Democratic
10 Malcolm McEachin 1937–1947 Democratic
11 John Koontz 1947–1973 Democratic
12 William D. Swackhamer 1973–1987 Democratic
13 Frankie Sue Del Papa 1987–1991 Democratic
14 Cheryl Lau 1991–1995 Republican
15 Dean Heller 1995–2007 Republican
16 Ross Miller 2007–2015 Democratic
17 Barbara Cegavske 2015–present Republican

See also[edit]


External links[edit]