Secretary of state of Minnesota

The Minnesota Secretary of State is the state secretary of state of the state of Minnesota.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota and files and certifies the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents. The Secretary of State registers a variety of business associations, including corporations, assumed business names, banks, insurance companies, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and limited partnerships. A statewide computerized network with county recorders is maintained so that the public may search Uniform Commercial Code records throughout the state from any filing office.

The Secretary of State is also the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for administration of the Minnesota election law. The secretary of state administers the open appointments process and publishes theMinnesota Legislative Manual, a compendium of federal, state and county government information.

The Secretary of State serves as a member on the Minnesota Executive Council, Minnesota Board of Investment, and the Minnesota Historical Society executive board.


Name Took Office Left Office Party
Charles K. Smith 1849 1851 Whig
Alexander Wilkin 1851 1853 Whig
Joseph T. Rosser 1853 1857 Democrat
Charles L. Chase 1857 1858 Democrat


In 1886, elections were moved from odd years to even years. Beginning with the 1962 election, the term of the office increased from two to four years.

Name Took Office Left Office Party
Francis Baasen 1858 1860 Democrat
James H. Baker 1860 1862 Republican
David Blakeley 1862 1868 Republican
Henry C. Rogers 1868 1870 Republican
Hans Mattson 1870 1872 Republican
Samuel P. Jennison 1872 1876 Republican
John S. Irgens 1876 1880 Republican
Frederick Von Baumbach 1880 1887 Republican
Hans Mattson 1887 1891 Republican
Frederick P. Brown 1891 1895 Republican
Albert Berg 1895 1901 Republican
Pener E. Hanson 1901 1907 Republican
Julius A. Schmahl 1907 1921 Republican
Mike Holm 1921 1952 Republican
H. H. Chesterman 1952 1952
Virginia Paul Holm 1952 1955 Republican
Joseph L. Donovan 1955 1971 DFL
Arlen Erdahl 1971 1975 Republican
Joan Growe 1975 1999 DFL
Mary Kiffmeyer 1999 2007 Republican
Mark Ritchie 2007 present DFL
  • Chesterman served as Assistant Secretary of State under Mike Holm, and was appointed to the position upon Holm's death. He left office later that same year, and never stood for election.

Notes on Minnesota political party names


External links

  • Minnesota Secretary of State website
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