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The Secretary of State oversees an extremely diverse department with responsibilities in virtually every aspect of state government: economic development, finance, transportation, housing, education, culture and quality-of-life issues. In addition to providing direction such as budgetary and policy guidance to the various operating divisions of the Department, he also serves on the Board of Pardons as Secretary, is a member of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) and the Cash Management Policy Board and chairs the Delaware Stadium Corporation. The Secretary of State is traditionally one of the Governor's primary advisors.

The staff in the Office of the Secretary provides financial, personnel, training and legislative services to the Department's divisions. In addition, the office is responsible for approving notary public applications and for providing the administrative functions of the Board of Pardons.