The Secretary of State is one of six executive-branch officers originally designated by the Montana Constitution of 1889. The current secretary, Linda McCulloch, took office in January 2009 and is the 20th person to hold the office since Montana became a state in 1889. In 1992, the Constitution was amended to limit the Secretary of State and other top officials to two 4-year terms in a 16-year period.
The duties and functions of the secretary of state are diverse. They include:
state election laws and overseeing elections.
the official records of the executive branch and the acts of the
maintaining, and distributing public-interest records of businesses and
administrative rules adopted by state departments, boards, and agencies.
to the governor's signature on executive orders, proclamations,
resolutions, extradition papers, and appointments.
the state seal.
and maintaining records of secured financial transactions, such as liens.
on the state Board of Land Commissioners and the Board of Examiners.
- Serving on the Capital Finance Advisory Council.
- Commissioning notaries public.
Duties & Functions
The Secretary of State’s Office is divided into five divisions:
- Administrative Rules of Montana
- Business Services
- Notary Services
- Elections and Government
- Records and Information Management
The Secretary of State's main offices are on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Helena.