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Secretary of State R. Kyle ArdoinKyle Ardoin is Louisiana’s 44th Secretary of State and the President-Elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State. A resident of Baton Rouge and native of Ville Platte, Secretary Ardoin was first elected on Dec. 8, 2018, after serving as acting Secretary of State since May of 2018. He was recently re-elected to a full term in December of 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge to the office with nearly a decade of prior service as First Assistant Secretary of State. Since his election, Secretary Ardoin has championed legislation to strengthen Louisiana’s elections and cybersecurity, including laws that ban ballot harvesting and require managed service providers to register and report to the Department of State. His efforts have seen the agency recognized nationally by the Election Assistance Commission and other organizations.

During the 2020 election, Secretary Ardoin oversaw one of the most difficult election cycles in modern history, as Louisiana suffered from three hurricanes, two tropical storms, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his leadership, the agency worked with its private and local partners to successfully execute the largest turnout election (in terms of raw voters) in Louisiana’s history.

As a lifelong Louisiana resident, Secretary Ardoin is an experienced leader with a genuine passion for citizenship, civic engagement and voter participation. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he earned degrees in political science and speech communications. Secretary Ardoin is a leading national voice on election security and frequently consulted on matters regarding Managed Services Providers and Managed Security Service Providers. He brings to the office more than 30 years of experience working in both the private and public sectors.