North Dakota Secretary of State

The North Dakota Secretary of State is an elected office in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The incumbent as of 2015 was Alvin A. Jaeger. Duties of the Secretary of State include being the custodian of the state's Great Seal and other official state documents, recording the official acts of the Governor, distributing copies of legislative resolutions, and recording original bills and resolutions from each biennial Legislative Assembly. Other duties of the office include those pertaining to statewide elections, licensing within the state, and recording trademarks. The Secretary of State is second (behind the Lieutenant Governor) in the line of succession to the office of Governor of North Dakota.[1] Jaeger was the first elected officer to graduate from Dickinson State University.

North Dakota Secretary of State
Alvin Jaeger

since January 1993
Term length4 years
First holderJohn Flittie


From the creation of the office with the state's constitution in 1889, to 2015 there had been 14 Secretaries of State, the least number among any of the state offices created in that year. This is attributed to the 34-year tenure of Ben Meier, which as of 2015 was the longest of any state-level Secretary of State in the US. As of 2015 the office had been held by the North Dakota Republican Party at all times except the period 1989 to 1992, when the state's Democratic Party was in office. The Secretary of State originally served a two-year term, but this was extended to four in 1964 by a constitutional amendment.

List of Secretaries of State

The following is a list of Secretaries of State of North Dakota.[2]

Secretaries of State by party affiliation
Party Secretaries
Republican 13
Democratic-NPL 1
1John Flittie18891892Republican
2Christian M. Dahl18931896Republican
3Fred Falley18971900Republican
4Edward F. Porter19011906Republican
5Alfred Blaisdell19071910Republican
6Patrick D. Norton19111912Republican
7Thomas Hall19131924Republican
8Robert Byrne19251934Republican
9James D. Gronna19351940Republican
10Herman Thorson19411942Republican
11Thomas Hall19431954Republican
12Ben Meier19551988Republican
13Jim Kusler19891992Democratic-NPL
14Alvin Jaeger1993Republican

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