Jul 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Secretary of State Bob Evnen

The Honorable Bob Evnen has served as Nebraska’s Secretary of State since January 2019. The Secretary of State’s office covers several functions important to the State of Nebraska. The Secretary oversees the state’s Business Services Division, which handles business and nonprofit filings, security interest filings, notary public commissions, apostilles and documents going to other countries.

Secretary Evnen is Nebraska’s Chief Election Officer. He oversees election matters in the state.Secretary Evnen prioritizes election security and accuracy. In 2019, the Secretary of State’s office was awarded the Innovators Award by the National Association of State Election Directors for the office’s work on an intrusion detection device for voter registration lists. Secretary Evnen is overseeing the implementation of the state’s new voter ID law, which Nebraska voters overwhelmingly passed in 2022 and the Unicameral has implemented through legislation.

Secretary Evnen serves as Nebraska’s Chief Protocol Officer for international relations and trade. He promotes foreign direct investment in Nebraska, and as a diplomat for the State, he promotes Nebraska’s products, industries, commercial businesses and services in the international sphere. Secretary Evnen has led trade missions involving Nebraska businesses and university educators, to Kenya, Bulgaria, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Additionally, the Secretary serves on the Pardons Board, Real Estate Commission, State Records Board, Board of State Canvassers and the Accountability and Disclosure Commission. Secretary Evnen is the keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska.

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Mr. Evnen was a distinguished attorney who practiced labor and employment law as a partner with Wood Aitken LLP, a Nebraska-based law firm. Before being elected as Secretary of State, Mr. Evnen served for eight years on the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Mr. Evnen is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA) and the University of Southern California (JD).