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California: Secretaries of State


California Secretaries of State, 1849-2021 (May be incomplete!)
William C. Van Voorhies 1849-53 James W. Denver 1853-55 Charles H. Hempstead 1855-56 David Fulton Douglass 1856-58 Ferris Forman 1858-60 Johnson Price 1860-62 William H. Weeks 1862-63 A. A. H. Tuttle 1863 Benjamin S. Redding 1863-67 H. L. Nichols 1867-71 Drury Melone 1871-75 Thomas Beck 1875-80 Daniel M. Burns 1880-83 Thomas L. Thompson 1883-87 William C. Hendricks 1887-91 Edwin G. Waite 1891-94 Albert Hart 1894-95 Lewis H. Brown 1895-99 Charles F. Curry 1899-1911 Frank C. Jordan 1911-40 Paul Peek 1940-42 Frank M. Jordan 1943-70 H. P. Sullivan 1970-71 Edmund G. Brown, Jr. 1971-75 March Fong Eu 1975-94 Tony Miller 1994-95 Bill Jones 1995-2003 Kevin Shelley 2003-05 Bruce McPherson 2005-07 Debra Bowen 2007- Alejandro Padilla 2015-21

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1863 Aug 16: William H. Weeks, died in office.
  • 1894 Oct 30: Edwin G. Waite, died in office.
  • 1938: John Steven McGroarty (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Jan 18: Frank C. Jordan, died in office.
  • 1970 Mar 29: Frank M. Jordan, died in office.
  • 1994 Feb 17: March Fong Eu, resigned.
  • 1994 Feb 18: Tony Miller, appointed.
  • 1998: Michela Alioto-Pier (Dem), defeated.
  • 2002: Michela Alioto-Pier (Dem), defeated in primary; March Fong Eu (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2002: Kevin Shelley (Dem), elected.
  • 2005 Mar 4: Kevin Shelley, resigned.
  • 2005 Mar 30: Bruce McPherson, appointed.
  • 2006: Debra Bowen, elected.
  • 2018 Nov 6: Alejandro Padilla (Dem), elected.
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