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Ohio Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Ohio
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 Ohio Secretary of State is an elected statewide official in the State of Ohio. The Secretary of state is responsible for overseeing elections in the state; 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 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

List of Ohio Secretaries of State

# Secretary of State Term of Office Party
1 William Creighton, Jr. 1803-1808 Democratic Republican
2 Jeremiah McLene 1808-1831 Democratic
3 Moses H. Kirby 1831-1835 Whig
4 Benjamin B. Hinkson [1] 1835-1836 Democratic
5 Carter B. Harlan [2] 1836-1840 Democratic
6 William Trevitt 1840-1841 Democratic
7 John Sloane 1841-1844 Whig
8 Samuel Galloway 1844-1850 Whig
9 Henry W. King 1850-1852 Free Soil
10 William Trevitt 1852-1856 Democratic
11 James H. Baker 1856-1858 Republican
12 Addison P. Russell 1858-1862 Republican
13 Benjamin R. Cowen [3] 1862 Republican
14 Wilson S. Kennon 1862-1863 Republican
15 William W. Armstrong 1863-1865 Democratic
16 William Henry Smith[3] 1865-1868 Republican
17 John Russell 1868-1869 Republican
18 Isaac R. Sherwood 1869-1873 Republican
19 Allen T. Wikoff 1873-1875 Republican
20 William Bell, Jr. 1875-1877 Democratic
21 Milton Barnes 1877-1881 Republican
22 Charles Townsend 1881-1883 Republican
23 James W. Newman 1883-1885 Democratic
24 James Sidney Robinson 1885-1889 Republican
25 Daniel J. Ryan [4] 1889-1891 Republican
26 Christian L. Poorman 1891-1893 Republican
27 Samuel M. Taylor 1893-197 Republican
28 Charles Kinney 1897-1901 Republican
29 Lewis C. Laylin 1901-1907 Republican
30 Carmi Thompson 1907-1911 Republican
31 Charles H. Graves 1911-1915 Democratic
32 Charles Quinn Hildebrant 1915-1917 Republican
33 William D. Fulton 1917-1919 Democratic
34 Harvey C. Smith 1919-1923 Republican
35 Thad H. Brown 1923-1927 Republican
36 Clarence J. Brown Sr. 1927-1933 Republican
37 [5] 1933-1936 Democratic
38 William J. Kennedy 1936-1939 Democratic
39 Earl Griffith [2] 1939-1940 Republican
40 George M. Neffiner 1940-1941 Republican
41 John E. Sweeney 1941-1943 Democratic
42 Edward J. Hummel 1943-1949 Republican
43 Donald K. Zoller 1949-1951 Republican
44 Ted W. Brown 1951-1979 Republican
45 Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. 1979-1983 Democratic
46 Sherrod Brown 1983-1991 Democratic
47 Robert A. Taft II 1991-1999 Republican
48 J. Kenneth Blackwell 1999-2007 Republican
49 Jennifer L. Brunner 2007-2011 Democratic
50 Jon A. Husted 2011- Republican
  1. ^ Resigned February 12, 1836.-[1]
  2. ^ a b Died in office.
  3. ^ a b Resigned.
  4. ^ Resigned April 1891.[2]
  5. ^ Resigned December 31, 1936.

See also


  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. 

External links

  • Ohio Secretary of State
  • "Secretaries of State of the State of Ohio: 1788 - present". Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State. State of Ohio. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
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