Secretary of State of Wyoming
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Secretary of State of Wyoming

The Secretary of State of Wyoming is the state secretary of state of the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is a constitutional office, established under the Constitution of Wyoming. The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Wyoming and the state's official record-keeper. When the governor is traveling out-of-state, the Secretary of State serves as acting governor (Wyoming has no lieutenant governor). Karen Wheeler is currently the acting secretary of state following the vacancy of Ed Murray.[1]

The Secretary of State's Office is divided into five divisions:[2]

  • The Administrative Services Division keeps track of the money for the other parts of the Office. This division is also responsible for the registration of notaries public, apostilles and document authentication, and is the official registrar for all state regulations.
  • The Business Division files information about businesses, including charters of corporations and other business entities, and liens made pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code. This division also registers trademarks and trade names, and is responsible for licensing Wyoming's official trademark, the Bucking Horse and Rider.
  • The Compliance Division oversees the securities industry in the state, investigates violations of securities laws, and provides financial education to the public.
  • The Elections Division administers elections. This task includes recording voting results for statewide elections and ensuring compliance with campaign finance laws and state and federal election laws. This division is also responsible for the registration of lobbyists.
  • The Technology Division maintains the Secretary of State's employees' computer equipment and programs, and maintains the Secretary's website.


Amos W. Barber became the first Wyoming Secretary of State on November 8, 1890. Prior officeholders were known as Wyoming Secretaries of the Territory.[3]

Wyoming Secretaries of the Territory

# Name Term Party
1 Lee, Edward MerwinEdward Merwin Lee 1869-1870 Republican
2 Glafcke, HermanHerman Glafcke 1870-1873 Republican
3 Brown, Jason B.Jason B. Brown 1873-1875 Democratic
4 French, George W.George W. French 1875-1879 Republican
5 Spates, Albertis WorthAlbertis Worth Spates 1879-1880 Republican
6 Morgan, Elliot S.N.Elliot S.N. Morgan 1880-1887 Republican
7 Shannon, Samuel D.Samuel D. Shannon 1887-1889 Democratic
8 Meldrum, John W.John W. Meldrum 1889-1890 Republican

Wyoming Secretaries of State

# Name Term Party
1 Barber, Amos W.Amos W. Barber 1890-1895 Republican
2 Burdick, Charles W.Charles W. Burdick 1895-1899 Republican
3 Chatterton, FenimoreFenimore Chatterton 1899-1907 Republican
4 Schnitger, WilliamWilliam Schnitger 1907-1911 Republican
5 Houx, Frank L.Frank L. Houx 1911-1919 Democratic
6 Chaplin, William E.William E. Chaplin 1919-1923 Republican
7 Lucas, FrankFrank Lucas 1923-1927 Republican
8 Clark, Alonzo M.Alonzo M. Clark 1927-1935 Republican
9 Hunt, Lester C.Lester C. Hunt 1935-1943 Democratic
10 Christensen, Mart T.Mart T. Christensen 1943-1944 Republican
11 Jack, William "Scotty"William "Scotty" Jack 1944-1947 Democratic
12 Crane, Arthur G.Arthur G. Crane 1947-1951 Republican
13 Rogers, C.J. "Doc"C.J. "Doc" Rogers 1951-1955 Republican
14 Copenhaver, Everett T.Everett T. Copenhaver 1955-1959 Republican
15 Gage, Jack R.Jack R. Gage 1959-1963 Democratic
16 Thomson, ThyraThyra Thomson 1963-1987 Republican
17 Karpan, KathyKathy Karpan 1987-1995 Democratic
18 Ohman, Diana J.Diana J. Ohman 1995-1999 Republican
19 Meyer, JosephJoseph Meyer 1999-2007 Republican
20 Maxfield, MaxMax Maxfield 2007-2015 Republican
21 Murray, EdEd Murray 2015-2018 Republican
A Wheeler, KarenKaren Wheeler 2018 Republican
22 Buchanan, EdwardEdward Buchanan 2018- Republican

See also


  1. ^ Funk, Joel. "Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ Duties of Wyoming Officials Archived 2008-09-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Wyoming Secretaries of State roster" (PDF). Wyoming Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 

External links

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