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Home » Archives » June 2012 » Secretary of State Sam Reed At SJI Rotary Club Wednesday

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06/19/2012: "Secretary of State Sam Reed At SJI Rotary Club Wednesday"

ig_Sam_Reed-01 (37k image)Secretary of State Sam Reed will be in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, June 20th, and he will be visiting the SJI Rotary Club as part of his final tour as Secretary of State. Rotary meets at 8:00 AM on Wednesday at the Friday Harbor House Hotel. The public is welcome to attend Secretary Reed's farewell speech to Rotary.

Secretary Reed will retire in January of 2013. Reed is Washington's 14th Secretary of State.

Secretary of State Sam Reed Biography

As the nation's most accomplished Secretary of State in the field of elections, Sam Reed is hailed by the people of Washington for protecting their right to vote for the most qualified candidates running for public office. Reed, with the State Attorney General, took the people's case for a wide open, Top Two Primary to the United States Supreme Court, and won. Voters can now choose any candidate on the primary ballot, regardless of political party.

Secretary Reed is widely recognized for sweeping improvements to the voting process following Washington's contested 2004 gubernatorial race, the closest in U.S. history.

Honored with a Gonzaga Law Medal for his fair handling of the election and resulting court cases, Reed immediately championed major election reform including a new statewide voter registration system that prevents opportunity for fraud.

Under new laws proposed by Reed, the Secretary of State is now authorized to thoroughly review each county's elections procedures and correct problems. Reed successfully advocated for moving the date of Washington's late Primary from September to August -allowing more time for staff to prepare for an election, and for ballots to reach military and overseas voters.

Selected unanimously by the YMCA Youth and Government Board, Secretary Reed was a recent recipient of the Robert F. Utter Award for his servant leadership and commitment to civic engagement for youth.

Since taking office in 2000, Sam Reed has led the State of Washington into the 21st Century and secured its legacy. In 2004, he launched the nation's first state government digital archives to rescue disappearing electronic history.

Reed fought and won the battle to save the Washington State Library, the State's oldest cultural institution. The State Library is now a division of his office.

Throughout Reed's past two terms in office, the Secretary has worked diligently to make Washington a more business-friendly state by allowing corporations to file electronically. Under his leadership, Washingtonians who give to charity will be better protected from scams. Thanks to Reed's efforts, new laws are in place to strengthen transparency, accountability, and trust in charitable organizations.

Prior to his service as Secretary of State, Reed was elected Thurston County Auditor five times and served as the Assistant Secretary of State under Lud Kramer and Bruce Chapman. Governor Dan Evans appointed Reed Director of the Urban Affairs Commission and the Constitutional Reform Commission.

Secretary Reed is past President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Reed also served as an advisor to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission from 2005 to 2007. Secretary Reed is currently a member of the Olympia Kiwanis Club and sits on the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees, TVW's Board of Directors, the YMCA Youth and Government Board, and the State Capitol Committee.

Secretary Reed, whose family lived in Washington in territorial days, grew up in Wenatchee. His family later moved to Spokane where Reed graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He attended Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies and Master's Degree in Political Science.

Secretary of State Sam Reed and his wife Margie make their home in Olympia. They have two adult children, David and Kristen, and two grandchildren.

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