Secretary of State's Office

Definition - What does Secretary of State's Office mean?

The Secretary of State's office is an office that is held by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is a public official who holds the responsibility of being the president's primary advisor on foreign affairs. In the context of the law, the Secretary of State's office has many other responsibilities including helping to conduct international negotiations and issuing passports to U.S. citizens.

Additionally, there is a Secretary of State office for every state. It generally handles affairs related to creating, running, and regulating businesses within their respective states.

Justipedia explains Secretary of State's Office

The position of Secretary of State is one of the most powerful political jobs in the United States. The Secretary of State is fourth in line for presidential succession behind the vice-president, Speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate. This means that the Secretary of State could easily become the president if something went wrong. The United States, like most other nations, often has cause to be involved with foreign countries for political, economic, legal, military or other reasons. The Secretary of State's office is one of the primary government entities that deals with these things.

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