Born in Portland and raised in Dufur and The Dalles, Secretary Shemia Fagan is a native Oregonian. The politics of Oregon have never been an intellectual exercise for her, they are personal. Fagan knows firsthand the instability facing many Oregon families. During most of her life, her mom struggled with drug addiction and did not have a permanent home. Fagan believes that every person struggling to keep a home or make a home is somebody’s somebody. Somebody’s son, somebody’s aunt, somebody’s grandpa or somebody’s mom.
Thanks to Oregon schools in Wasco County, Dufur and The Dalles, Secretary Fagan’s family had the opportunity to change their lives for the better. She went on to work through college and law school at Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College. Fagan worked as an attorney, advising businesses in employment law, and later representing workers who civil rights were violated. Secretary Fagan began her political career on the David Douglas School Board in 2011, where she was a proud champion for local public schools. In 2012, Secretary Fagan was elected to the Oregon House from District 51. As a state representative, she delivered millions of dollars for sidewalks in underserved neighborhoods and made sure that
vulnerable communities had a voice in our state government. In 2018, Secretary Fagan was elected to the Oregon Senate, where she was the chair of the Senate Housing and Development Committee.
Fagan lives in Clackamas with her two children, Alton and Imogene.
Secretary of State's Duties
Shemia Fagan, Clackamas; Democrat; elected 2020; term expires January 2025; Oregon’s 28th secretary of state.
The secretary of state is one of three constitutional officers of the executive branch elected statewide. The secretary is elected to a four-year term and is limited to two consecutive terms in office during any 12-year period.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Secretary of State 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.
Legal Authority: Oregon Constitution, Article VI, Section 2; ORS Chapters 177, 240