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Secretary of State of Arkansas

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Secretary of State of Arkansas
Seal of the Secretary of State of Arkansas.png
Seal of the Secretary of State
John Thurston

since January 15, 2019
StyleMr. Secretary
The Honorable
SeatState Capitol, Little Rock, Arkansas
Term lengthFour years, renewable once (Seventy-third Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution of 1874)
Constituting instrumentArkansas Constitution of 1836
PrecursorSecretary of Arkansas Territory
FormationSeptember 16, 1836
(184 years ago)
First holderRobert A. Watkins

The Secretary of State of Arkansas is one of the elected constitutional officers of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

The current Secretary of State is Republican John Thurston, former Arkansas Land Commissioner from Pulaski County in central Arkansas.


The Secretary of State's Office is composed of seven divisions:

Other duties

The Secretary of State also publishes the state's administrative regulations and the state gazette, the Arkansas Register.[2]


Democrats were elected exclusively to the office of Secretary of State from the later Reconstruction era until the retirement of Charlie Daniels to run for State Auditor in 2010, when the first modern-day Republican to hold the office, Mark Martin, was elected. Secretaries of state during the statehood of Arkansas include:[3]

  • Robert A. Watkins (D) 1836–1840
  • D. B. Greer 1840–1842
  • John Winfrey (D) 1842
  • D. B. Greer (D) 1842–1859
  • Alexander Boileau (D) 1859–1860
  • S. W. Weaver (D) 1860
  • John I. Stirman (D) 1860–1862
  • O. H. Oates (Confederate) 1862–1864
  • Robert J. T. White (R) 1864–1871
  • James M. Johnson (R) 1871–1874
  • Benton B. Beavers (D) 1874–1879
  • Jacob Frolich (D) 1879–1885
  • Elias B. Moore (D) 1885–1889
  • B. B. Chism (D) 1889–1893
  • H. B. Armistead (D) 1893–1897
  • Alexander C. Hull (D) 1897–1901
  • J. W. Crockett (D) 1901–1905
  • O. C. Ludwig (D) 1905–1911
  • Earle W. Hodges (D) 1911–1917
  • Tom J. Terral (D) 1917–1921
  • Ira C. Hopper (D) 1921–1925
  • Jim B. Higgins (D) 1925–1931
  • Ed F. McDonald (D) 1931–1937
  • C. G. "Crip" Hall (D) 1937–1961
  • Nancy J. Hall (D) 1961–1963
  • Kelly Bryant (D) 1963–1975
  • George O. Jernigan Jr. (D) 1975–1977
  • Winston Bryant (D) 1977–1979
  • Paul Riviere (D) 1979–1985
  • William J. "Bill" McCuen (D) 1985–1995
  • Sharon M. Priest (D) 1995–2003
  • Charlie Daniels (D) 2003–2011
  • Mark Martin (R) 2011–2019
  • John Thurston (R) 2019–present

See also


  1. ^ "Arkansas state government salary". Ballotpedia. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rules & Regulations". Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Office of Secretary of State". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

External links

General information

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