Secretaries of State: Duties and Responsibilities

The office of secretary of state is evolving into a position that demands increasingly specialized skills and knowledge, particularly a thorough understanding of technology and e-government policies, and for some, experience in international trade. Recent policy trends show that election reform and e-government are demanding an increasing amount of time and effort for these state executives. For those secretaries that handle election matters, the job also comes with a new level of media and public interest in how elections are run and administered.

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About the Author
Kay Stimson is director of communications and marketing for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in Washington, D.C. Prior to her arrival at NASS, she spent more than five years in the field of television journalism as an anchor and reporter. She also has experience working as a freelance writer and media consultant. Stimson holds a master’s degree in political communication from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Towson University in Maryland.