Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Secretary Of The Commonwealth Of Virginia

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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The Secretary of the Commonwealth is a member of the Cabinet of the Governor of Virginia in the United States. The office is currently held by Janet Polarek.

Duties of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

  1. Serving as the Keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth
  2. Assisting the Governor in the appointment of thousands of individuals to serve on state boards and commissions
  3. Issuing the Commissions of Notaries Public
  4. Authentication of documents
  5. Registering lobbyists
  6. Issuing the "Bluebook", officially "The Report of the Secretary of the Commonwealth," an annual publication that identifies, "(a) the boards of visitors of all public institutions, and other boards appointed by the Governor; (b) all commissions issued under appointments made by the Governor, except commissions to notaries public; (c) all departments, boards, councils, commissions, and other collegial bodies created in the executive branch of state government; and (d) such other matters as the Governor requires. " - The Report as defined by the Code of Virginia
  7. Issuing a State Government Organization Chart
  8. Handling pardons and clemencies, restoration of civil rights of former felons, extradition, and service of process. Although the Secretary is involved, the Governor is responsible for granting pardons, clemency, and restorations of rights, as well as authorizing extradition. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office handles the paperwork on behalf of the Governor.


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