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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

About Mark Ritchie

Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State
Elected in 2006 and 2010
Term expires January 2015

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is the state's chief election official and partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections on behalf of Minnesota’s nearly 4 million eligible voters.

Ritchie oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses, including the archiving of official and corporate documents, and administering Safe at Home, Minnesota’s address confidentiality program.

Ritchie serves on the State Executive Council; State Board of Investment; Minnesota Historical Society Board; Twin Cities Army Community Advisory Board; and Minnesota National Guard Senior Advisory Council.

Ritchie is active in the National Association of Secretaries of State, serving as its president in 2011. He currently serves as the chair of the Advisory Council for Minnesota's bid for the 2023 World's Fair and co-chairs the state's Civil War Commemoration Task Force.

Ritchie has been a faculty member for election law seminars conducted by the Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, Minnesota Bar Association, University of Minnesota, and William and Mary Law School.

The U.S. Department of the Army presented Ritchie with their Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service. He was recognized for his dedicated support to the well-being of soldiers and army families, "Secretary Ritchie's unwavering dedication, patriotism, and compassion are an inspiration and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army Recruiting Command, the United States Army Accessions Command and the United States Army."

In 2011, the Dwight David Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to Ritchie. The award recognizes the promotion of peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Ritchie received the 2011 Distinguished Public Leadership Award from Toward Zero Deaths for his leadership in helping to motivate law enforcement officers, legislators and the public to continue to fight against drunk driving.

In the 1980s, Ritchie served in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture working to address the economic crisis threatening family farms and rural communities. He served as the president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy from 1988 to 2006.  Ritchie is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

Last updated: 3/4/2014 11:30:37 AM