Secretary of State Kim Wyman Biography

Kim Wyman

Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is the second female Secretary of State in Washington history. She was re-elected to a new four-year term in November 2016. Prior to being elected Secretary of State, 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 was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in 2013. She serves as the Board Chair for the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments Overseas Voting Initiative and Co-Chair of Rock the Vote’s Corporate Civic Responsibility Program. 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 program, and the YMCA Youth Legislature Program. She is an advocate for our military 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. 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 awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership from City University, Seattle in 2015. Kim has been a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA) from The Elections Center and Auburn University since 2004 and has held Washington State Election Administrator Certification since 1995.

Kim and her husband John came to Washington when he was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis after being stationed in Ansbach, Germany.

The Wymans reside in Thurston County with their two children.