Last week’s resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is having a ripple effect for N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
On Thursday, Marshall was named the new president of National Association of Secretaries of State. The coveted post came open because the previous president, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, became governor Wednesday after Kitzhaber left office amid scandal. Oregon has no lieutenant governor, so the secretary of state is its No. 2 official.
Marshall will serve the remainder of Brown’s term, which ends in July. She had been serving as the association’s southern region vice president.
“I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this highly-respected organization of public servants,” Marshall said in a statement. “NASS is more than 100 years old, and states are now facing challenges that our predecessors never imagined, including issues such as cyber security, business identity theft, digital records management and other tech-driven aspects of policymaking in 2015.”