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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.

Secretary of State of Oregon
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Incumbent
Dennis Richardson

since January 2, 2017
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Lucien Heath
Formation Oregon Constitution
Website Oregon Secretary of State

The current Secretary of State is Republican Dennis Richardson, who was administered the oath of office on December 30, 2016,[2] and formally took office on January 2, 2017.[2][3][4]

Contents

DivisionsEdit

  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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 StateEdit

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   Theophilus R. Magruder Whig March 10, 1849 – April 9, 1849
2   Kintzing Prichette Democratic April 9, 1849 – September 18, 1850
3   Edward D. Hamilton Whig September 18, 1850 – May 14, 1853
4   George L. Curry Democratic May 14, 1853 – January 27, 1855
5   Benjamin Harding Democratic January 27, 1855 – March 3, 1859

Oregon State government (1859–present)Edit

# Name Party Term
1   Lucien Heath Democratic March 3, 1859 – September 8, 1862
2   Samuel E. May Republican September 8, 1862 – September 10, 1870
3   Stephen F. Chadwick Democratic September 10, 1870 – September 2, 1878
4   Rockey Earhart Republican September 2, 1878 – January 10, 1887
5   George W. McBride Republican January 10, 1887 – January 14, 1895
6   Harrison R. Kincaid Republican January 14, 1895 – January 9, 1899
7   Frank L. Dunbar Republican January 9, 1899 – January 14, 1907
8   Frank W. Benson Republican January 15, 1907 – April 14, 1911
9   Ben W. Olcott Republican April 17, 1911 – May 28, 1920
10   Sam A. Kozer Republican May 28, 1920 – September 24, 1928
11   Hal E. Hoss Republican September 24, 1928 – February 6, 1934
12   Peter J. Stadelman Republican February 9, 1934 – January 7, 1935
13   Earl Snell Republican January 7, 1935 – January 4, 1943
14   Robert S. Farrell Republican January 4, 1943 – October 28, 1947
15   Earl T. Newbry Republican November 3, 1947 – January 7, 1957
16   Mark Hatfield Republican January 7, 1957 – January 12, 1959
17   Howell Appling Republican January 12, 1959 – January 4, 1965
18   Tom McCall Republican January 4, 1965 – January 9, 1967
19   Clay Myers Republican January 9, 1967 – January 3, 1977
20   Norma Paulus Republican January 3, 1977 – January 7, 1985
21   Barbara Roberts Democratic January 7, 1985 – January 14, 1991
22   Phil Keisling Democratic January 14, 1991 – November 8, 1999
23   Bill Bradbury Democratic November 8, 1999 – January 5, 2009
24   Kate Brown Democratic January 5, 2009 – February 18, 2015
25   Jeanne Atkins Democratic March 11, 2015 – January 2, 2017
26   Dennis Richardson Republican January 2, 2017 – present

List of living Secretaries of StateEdit

As of January 2017, six 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 85)
Barbara Roberts 1985–1991 (1936-12-21) December 21, 1936 (age 81)
Phil Keisling 1991–1999 (1955-06-23) June 23, 1955 (age 63)
Bill Bradbury 1999–2009 (1949-05-29) May 29, 1949 (age 69)
Kate Brown 2009–2015 (1960-06-21) June 21, 1960 (age 58)
Jeanne Atkins 2015–2017 1949/1950 (age 68–69)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Constitution of Oregon (Article V)". Oregon Blue Book. State of Oregon. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b Hernandez, Lauren E. (December 30, 2016). "Dennis Richardson sworn in as secretary of state". Statesman Journal. Salem, Oregon. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Secretaries of State of Oregon". Oregon Blue Book. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Oregon's 1st Republican Elected To Statewide Office In 14 Years Takes Office Friday". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 
  5. ^ About Us. Oregon State Archives, accessed October 31, 2007.
  6. ^ Oregon Audits Division. Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division, accessed February 16, 2012.

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