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Since Montana became a state in 1889, nineteen men have held the office of Secretary of State. In 2008, Linda McCulloch was elected Montana's first woman Secretary of State. Frank Murray holds the record for the longest term in office: 24 years, from 1957 to 1981. The record for the shortest term goes to Robert Hawkins, who served for not quite two months in 1927.

In 1992, Montanans passed a constitutional initiative (CI 64) establishing limits on how long legislators and elected executive officers can hold office. As a result, beginning with Secretary of State Bob Brown, no one may serve longer than eight consecutive years in the position.

Linda McCulloch

January 2009 - Present
Democrat

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

January 2005 - 2009
Republican

Bob Brown

Bob Brown

January 2001 - January 2005
Republican

Mike Cooney

Mike Cooney

January 1989 - January 2001
Democrat

Verner Bertelsen 

Verner Bertelsen 

April 1988 - January 1989
Republican
(Appointed)

Jim Waltermire

Jim Waltermire

January 1981 - April 1988
Republican
(Died while in office)

Frank Murray

Frank Murray

January 1957 - January 1981
Democrat

S.C. Arnold

S.C. Arnold

June 1955 - January 1957
Republican (Appointed)

Sam W. Mitchell

Sam W. Mitchell

January 1933 - June 1955
Democrat
(Died while in office)

William E. Harmon

William E. Harmon

January 1929 - January 1933
Republican

John W. Mountjoy

John W. Mountjoy

April 1928 - January 1929
Democrat

William Powers

William Powers

May 1927 - April 1928
Party affiliation unknown (Resigned)

Robert N. Hawkins

Robert N. Hawkins

March 1927 - April 1927
Democrat
(Resigned)

Charles T. Stewart

Charles T. Stewart

January 1917 - March 1927
Republican
(Impeached, resigned)

Adelbert M. Alderson

Adelbert M. Alderson       

January 1913 - December 1916 
Democrat

Thomas M. Swindlehurst

Thomas M. Swindlehurst

August 1911 - January 1913
Democrat

Abraham N. Yoder

Abraham N. Yoder

January 1905 - August 1911
Republican
(Died while in office)

George M. Hays

George M. Hays

January 1901 - January 1905
Democrat

T.S. Hogan

T.S. Hogan

January 1897 - January 1901
Populist

Louis Rotwitt

Louis Rotwitt

November 1889 - January 1897
Republican