Elected as Michigan's 42nd Secretary of State in November 2010, Ruth Johnson serves as chief motor vehicle administrator and chief election officer for the state's nearly 10 million residents.
In her first year in office, Johnson successfully tripled online services with the launch of ExpressSOS.com, a “no-wait” Secretary of State where customers can complete popular transactions from their home or office computer, 24/7. Johnson also launched her fight for election reform with her Secure and Fair Elections, or SAFE, initiative to clean up Michigan’s voter rolls, strengthen campaign finance laws and help ensure election integrity.
Since being elected, Johnson has also worked with SOS employees and organ donation advocates to make expanding Michigan’s organ donor list a priority. First-year efforts paid off with historic gains as nearly 400,000 Michiganders – a 25 percent increase – added their names to the donor lists.
Johnson's work as secretary of state continues a distinguished career in public service, including a three-term in the Michigan House of Representatives and her notable election as the first woman ever to serve as clerk/register of deeds in Oakland County, Michigan's second largest county. She is a lifelong resident of northern Oakland County and currently lives in Holly with her husband, Don Nanney, a small-business owner, and their daughter, Emily.