Secretary of State Kim Wyman Biography
Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State, currently serving her first term. Elected in 2012, she is the second female Secretary of State in Washington history and the only woman in statewide executive office. Prior to being sworn into this office, Kim served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and was elected County Auditor in 2001.
As Secretary, Kim heads one of the most diverse offices in state government. Her responsibilities include overseeing elections, corporation and charity filings, the Washington State Library, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, and the State Archives. She also oversees a number of special programs including the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by public employees, the Address Confidentiality Program to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking, and Legacy Washington, the history programs and special exhibits that tell the state’s intriguing stories.
Secretary Wyman serves on the executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State as Treasurer. She was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow and serves as the Board Chair for the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute. Kim is also a past president of the Washington State Association of County Auditors.
She has received numerous awards, including the Woman of Distinction Award from the Pacific Peaks Girl Scout Council, the Washington State University President’s Award for Leadership, the Roanoke Rising Star Award, and the Joel Pritchard Award. During the 2014 legislative session, the Washington State Senate included Wyman in a resolution honoring women trailblazers in government.
Secretary Wyman promotes civility and civic engagement and is committed to connecting people with their government. Kim enjoys mentoring students and participates in leadership development organizations, including the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State programs, and the YMCA Youth Legislature Program. She is an advocate for our service members and their families, our returning veterans and the Washington Youth Academy. Kim promotes libraries, including the State Library, and advocates for preservation and teaching of our history and traditions, teaching of civics education, and volunteerism in our communities.
She serves on the boards of the Washington State Historical Society, YMCA Youth and Government Program and TVW, the state’s version of C-SPAN. She is a member of the Lacey Rotary Club and takes part in numerous civic activities and non-profit work.
Kim is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership from City University, Seattle. Kim is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA) from The Elections Center and Auburn University.
Kim and her husband John came to Washington when he was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at (then) Fort Lewis after being stationed in Ansbach, Germany.
The Wymans reside in Thurston County with their two children.