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Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

Secretary of State

Also known as:
Minnesota Secretary of State
Active dates:1858 -

The secretary of state shall be the custodian of the state seal and of all records and documents of the state not expressly required by law to be kept by other state officials.


The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is a constitutional office in the executive branch of state government. It has existed since statehood in 1858. Minnesota's first secretary of state, Francis Bassen, assumed the office on May 24, 1858.
Minnesota's secretary of state is elected to a 4-year term as prescribed in the state's constitution. The secretary is the keeper of the great seal of the State of Minnesota and is vested with a number of responsibilities including preserving documents filed with the state, providing certain business services to the public, maintaining the recording of financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code and administering Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program assisting Minnesotans who fear for their safety such as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The secretary is also the chief elections officer in Minnesota and works closely with county and local election officials to administer elections. The secretary chairs a State Canvassing Board, which certifies the results of elections.

Other official duties include serving as a member on the State Executive Council, State Board of Investment, and the Minnesota Historical Society Executive Board.

Agency heads:

Steve Simon is Minnesota's 22nd Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015. Mark Ritchie served previously from 2007-2014 as Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. Mary Kiffmeyer served prior to that from January 4, 1999 to January 1, 2007.


Contents relating primarily to assistants, etc.

Record last updated: 02/06/2019

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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