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Kim Wyman
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15th "Secretary of State of Washington
Assumed office
January 16, 2013
Governor "Jay Inslee
Preceded by "Sam Reed
Personal details
Born (1962-07-15) July 15, 1962 (age 55)
"California, "U.S.
Political party "Republican
Spouse(s) John Wyman
Children 2
Education "California State University,
Long Beach
"Troy University ("MPA)
Website Government website

Kim Wyman (born July 15, 1962) is an American politician who is the 15th and current "Secretary of State of Washington, having won in the "2012 and 2016 state elections.[1] Between 2012 and 2016, she was the only "Republican elected to statewide office on the "West Coast.[2] In 2016, "Dennis Richardson was elected as "Oregon Secretary of State and "Duane Davidson was elected as "Washington State Treasurer.


Early life[edit]

Wyman attended college at "California State University, Long Beach and lived abroad after graduation. Barriers to voting in US elections while living in "Germany inspired her to become an elections official. She earned her "Master of Public Administration degree from "Troy State University's European Division. Wyman was one of the first public officials to become a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator from "Auburn University.[3]


In 2001, Wyman was appointed as county auditor for "Thurston County, succeeding "Sam Reed—she would again succeed Reed following her election as "Secretary of State of Washington. She was eventually elected to the position and later reelected, as recently as 2010.[3]

In the "2012 Washington state elections, Wyman was elected Secretary of State, defeating her "Democratic opponent, Kathleen Drew.[1] Wyman was the only "Republican elected to statewide office in the state.[2] She was endorsed in the election by the "Walla Walla Union-Bulletin,[4] "The Wenatchee World,[5] the "Tri-City Herald,[6] and "The Seattle Times.[7] The Times cited her bipartisan appeal and experience as an elections administrator in its endorsement. She was also endorsed by the "Washington Education Association,[8] which normally endorses Democrats.[6]

In the "2016 elections, Wyman was reelected, defeating "Tina Podlodowski with 55% of the vote.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wyman lives in "Lacey, Washington with her husband John and their two children. She has run in several "marathons.[3]

In March 2017, Wyman was diagnosed with an early form of "colon cancer.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

Washington Secretary of State Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kim Wyman 528,754 39.75%
Democratic Kathleen Drew 289,052 21.73%
Democratic Greg Nickels 210,832 15.85%
Democratic Jim Kastama 185,425 13.94%
Constitution Karen Murray 50,888 3.83%
Independent David Anderson 44,276 3.33%
Human Rights Sam Wright 20,809 1.56%
"Secretary of State of Washington[1]
Year Republican Votes Pct Democratic Votes Pct
2012 Kim Wyman 1,459,773 50.4% Kathleen Drew 1,436,735 49.6%
2016 Kim Wyman 1,713,004 54.74% Tina Podlodkowski 1,416,299 45.26%


  1. ^ a b c "Reed, Sam (November 21, 2012). "November 06, 2012 General Election Results". "Secretary of State of Washington. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Brunner, Jim (November 17, 2012). "State Republicans ponder long-term prospects on blue West Coast". "The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Meet Kim". Kim Wyman. Archived from the original on October 28, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kim Wyman clear choice for Washington's secretary of state". "Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. October 12, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kim Wyman for secretary of state". "The Wenatchee World. October 20, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Kim Wyman best choice for secretary of state". "Tri-City Herald. October 3, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Editorial: The Times recommends Kim Wyman for Washington's secretary of state". "The Seattle Times. October 7, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "WEA-PAC recommends Kim Wyman for election as Secretary of State". Washington Education Association. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Washington Secretary of State Results: Kim Wyman Wins". The New York Times. November 29, 2016. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Secretary of State Kim Wyman to be treated for colon cancer". "The Seattle Times. March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
"Sam Reed
Auditor of "Thurston County
Succeeded by
"Gary Alexander
"Secretary of State of Washington
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