Ohio Secretary of State

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Secretary of State of Ohio
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Frank LaRose

since January 14, 2019
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, two term limit
Inaugural holder William Creighton, Jr.
Formation Ohio Constitution
Website Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
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The Secretary of State of Ohio 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

#Secretary of StateTerm of officeParty
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 [lower-alpha 1] 1835–1836Democratic
5 Carter B. Harlan [lower-alpha 2] 1836–1840Democratic
6 William Trevitt 1840–1841Democratic
7 John Sloane 1841–1844Whig
8 Samuel Galloway 1844–1850Whig
9 Henry W. King 1850–1852 Free Soil
10William Trevitt1852–1856Democratic
11 James H. Baker 1856–1858 Republican
12 Addison P. Russell 1858–1862Republican
13 Benjamin R. Cowen [lower-alpha 3] 1862Republican
14 Wilson S. Kennon 1862–1863Republican
15 William W. Armstrong 1863–1865Democratic
16 William Henry Smith [lower-alpha 3] 1865–1868Republican
17 John Russell 1868–1869Republican
18 Isaac R. Sherwood 1869–1873Republican
19 Allen T. Wikoff 1873–1875Republican
20 William Bell, Jr. 1875–1877Democratic
21 Milton Barnes 1877–1881Republican
22 Charles Townsend 1881–1883Republican
23 James W. Newman 1883-1885Democratic
24 James Sidney Robinson 1885–1889Republican
25 Daniel J. Ryan [lower-alpha 4] 1889–1891Republican
26 Christian L. Poorman 1891–1893Republican
27 Samuel McIntire Taylor 1893–1897Republican
28 Charles Kinney 1897–1901Republican
29 Lewis C. Laylin 1901–1907Republican
30 Carmi Thompson 1907–1911Republican
31 Charles H. Graves 1911–1915Democratic
32 Charles Quinn Hildebrant 1915–1917Republican
33 William D. Fulton 1917–1919Democratic
34 Harvey C. Smith 1919–1923Republican
35 Thad H. Brown 1923–1927Republican
36 Clarence J. Brown 1927–1933Republican
37 George S. Myers [lower-alpha 5] 1933–1936Democratic
38 William J. Kennedy 1936–1939Democratic
39 Earl Griffith [lower-alpha 2] 1939–1940Republican
40 George M. Neffiner 1940–1941Republican
41 John E. Sweeney 1941–1943Democratic
42 Edward J. Hummel 1943–1949Republican
43 Donald K. Zoller 1949–1951Republican
44 Ted W. Brown 1951–1979Republican
45 Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. 1979–1983Democratic
46 Sherrod Brown 1983–1991Democratic
47 Bob Taft 1991–1999Republican
48 Ken Blackwell 1999–2007Republican
49 Jennifer Brunner 2007–2011Democratic
50 Jon Husted 2011–2019Republican
51 Frank LaRose 2019-Republican
  1. Resigned February 12, 1836.- [1]
  2. 1 2 Died in office.
  3. 1 2 Resigned.
  4. Resigned April 1891. [2]
  5. Resigned December 31, 1936.

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  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.