Secretary of State Dennis Richardson died on February 26, 2019. Governor Brown appointed Bev Clarno to be Secretary of State until January 2021.
Secretary of State's Duties
136 State Capitol Building., 900 Court St. NE, Salem 97310-0722; 503-986-1523
Bev Clarno; Republican; appointed 2019; term expires January 2021.
The Secretary of State is one of three constitutional offices established at statehood and is the auditor of public accounts, chief elections officer, public records administrator and custodian of the State Seal.
The secretary interprets and applies state election laws, compiles and publishes the Voters’ Pamphlet and supervises all elections, local and statewide.
She examines and audits accounts of all publicly funded boards, commissions and agencies.
She keeps public records of businesses authorized to transact business in Oregon, nonprofit corporations, and trade and service marks. Other public business records include notices of security interests in movable and personal property, statutory liens and warrants.
As the public records administrator, the secretary houses and provides access to the permanently valuable records of state government through the Archives Division and manages all public records for retention and disposition.
The secretary shares responsibility with the governor and treasurer for supervising and managing state-owned lands and chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board which works to optimize organizations’ financial, environmental and social performance. She also regulates Oregon notaries public, and publishes the Oregon Blue Book.
Oregon does not have a lieutenant governor. If the office of governor becomes vacant, the office passes to the secretary of state.