The Minnesota Constitution provides that the secretary of state is an officer in the executive department; to qualify as secretary of state a person must be a qualified voter, at least 21 years old, and elected by the people (Article V).
The secretary of state is an independently elected public official. The office is currently held by Secretary Mark Ritchie who was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. His term will end in January 2015. The office has a four-year term and a statutory salary of $90,227.
There are approximately 65 staff in the office. The core functions of the office are:
In 2013, the office recorded 58,260 new business filings in Minnesota. For the 2014–2015 biennium, the office projects collecting $30 million in business filings and other fees which are deposited into the state’s general fund.
The office is also the keeper of the original chapter laws passed each legislative session and signed by the various officers of the Legislature such as the president of the Senate, speaker of the House, chief clerk of the House, and secretary of the Senate, as well as the secretary of state and (in most cases) the governor.
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