Mark Hammond, Secretary of State

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond grew up in Spartanburg, where he graduated from Dorman High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Newberry College in 1986, and went on to obtain a Masters in Education from Clemson University in 1988.

Secretary Hammond completed special basic training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1991 and worked as a Criminal Investigator, aiding prosecutors for the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, until 1996.
From 1996 to 2002, Secretary Hammond was elected, then re-elected as Spartanburg County’s Clerk of Court. On November 5th, 2002, he was elected as South Carolina’s 41st Secretary of State. In 2006, Secretary Hammond again claimed victory. In 2010, Secretary Hammond won a third term of office.  South Carolinians again selected Mark Hammond as their Secretary of State in 2014, with nearly 60 percent of the votes.

Secretary Hammond is dedicated to efficiency, accountability, transparency and customer service. Some of his more notable successes as Secretary of State include:

The main objective of Secretary Hammond's fourth term in office is to continue to make improvements ensuring that the Office of the Secretary of State is efficient and customer-friendly, with easy access to the services provided.

Secretary Hammond is an ex-officio member of the South Carolina Consumer Affairs Commission and Legislative Council. He has served as the liaison to the Notary Public Administrators (NPA) section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), where he has also served on the International Relations Committee, the Standing Committee on Business Services, and the Company Formation Task ForceMark was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the South Carolina Shrine Bowl for Public Service in 2006; named a Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments and recipient of the Sesquicentennial Medal of Honor Award – Outstanding Alumni by Newberry College in 2007; a Rising State Leader by the Canadian Embassy and Canada’s network of Consulates General in 2008; and a trustee to Spartanburg Methodist College in 2009.

On a personal note, Secretary Hammond and his wife Ginny have three children. The Hammonds are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg.