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The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Secretary of State. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Capitol in Salem houses the central offices of the Secretary of State. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The secretary of state is one of three constitutional officers of the executive branch elected statewide. The secretary serves a four-year term and can hold office for a second consecutive term.


The responsibilities of the secretary of state include leadership roles in the following areas.


Chief elections officer: The secretary interprets and applies state election laws, compiles and publishes the Voters’ Pamphlet and supervises all elections, local and statewide.


Auditor of public accounts: She examines and audits accounts of all publicly funded boards, commissions and agencies.


Corporation Division: The secretary 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.


Chief records officer of the state: The secretary houses and provides access to the permanently valuable records of state government through the Archives Division and provides storage for inactive state agency records through the State Records Center.


State Land Board member: The secretary shares responsibility with the governor and treasurer for supervising and managing state-owned lands.


Oregon Sustainability Board: The secretary serves as chair.

 

The secretary is custodian of the Seal of the State of Oregon, and she regulates Oregon notaries public. She also publishes the Oregon Blue Book.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 136 State Capitol, Salem 97310-0722
Telephone: 503-986-1500
Fax: 503-986-1616
General Email: oregon.sos@state.or.us
Contact: Secretary of State; Robert Taylor, Deputy Secretary of State
Records Officer Email: Jeffry Morgan
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: Oregon Constitution Article VI section 2; ORS Chapters 177, 240
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the secretary of state's background and role

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog