About Us

Meet the Executive Team


Secretary of State

Ed Murray

Ed Murray

Ed Murray was elected as Wyoming's 21st Secretary of State on November 4, 2014. Secretary Murray serves as the State's Chief Elections Officer, Securities Commissioner, and Notaries Public Commissioner. The Secretary of State is the second highest ranking state official who serves as Acting Governor when the Governor is absent from the state. Additionally, Secretary Murray chairs the State Canvassing Board and serves with the other statewide elected officials on the State Loan and Investment Board, the Board of Land Commissioners and the State Building Commission. Ed and his wife, Caren, have been married for thirty years and are the parents of four adult daughters - Meghan, Erin, Kelley, and Frannie. For additional information about Secretary Murray, please visit our Meet the Secretary web page.



Deputy Secretary of State

Karen Wheeler

Karen Wheeler

Karen is the Wyoming Deputy Secretary of State and has served in this capacity since 2015. Prior to becoming Deputy, Karen was the Director of the Compliance Division for 7 years and has worked in the Secretary of State's Office for 31 years. In her current position as the Deputy Secretary of State, Karen is responsible for all statutory duties and operations of the Secretary of State's Office including planning, budget, personnel, staff development and oversight of service to the public. Karen was born and raised in Cheyenne and is a proud graduate of the University of Wyoming. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and children.


Administrative Services Director

Tom Cowan

Tom Cowan

Tom and the Administrative Services Division professionals provide fiscal, budget and human resources/payroll tasks for the Office. The Division files administrative rules for state agencies and provides assistance to the Secretary on State Board matters. Its public facing services protect and promote Wyoming's iconic Bucking Horse and Rider Trademark, and the Division provides apostilles and certificates for public documents being sent to authorities in foreign nations. Tom received an MBA from the University of Wyoming in 1983 and took his undergraduate work in business administration at UW as well. Tom started in the Secretary's Office in 1983 as a financial examiner reviewing initial public stock offerings. He continued as the supervisor in the Securities Division until 2009 when the Administrative Services Division was created. Tom is a third generation Wyoming resident and enjoys the culinary arts when the weather prevents him from spending time on the mountain with his wife.


Business Division Director

Lisa Gonzales

Lisa Gonzales

Lisa is the Director of the Business Division which is the largest of the agency's divisions in terms of the number of employees. She recommends policy and implements statutory mandates in the administration of the Wyoming Business Corporation Act, Close Corporation Act, Limited Liability Company Act, Limited Partnership Act, Trade Name Act, and Trademark Act. She also administers statutory requirements in the administration of the Wyoming Uniform Commercial Code filings and Effective Financing Statements. This includes analyzing and testifying on legislation and promulgating administrative rules relating to business statutes. Lisa has 28 years of service with the Secretary of State's Office. In her free time she loves baking, gardening, walks in the park and spending time with her husband, their two sons and the two dogs!


Compliance Division Director

Kelly Janes

Kelly Janes

Kelly oversees the Compliance Division for the Office which is composed of three different areas; Securities Regulation, Notaries Public, and Registered Offices and Agents. Kelly and her crew are responsible for protecting Wyoming investors from fraud and ensuring firms and individuals selling securities comply with the securities laws in the state. The Division also commissions over 12,000 Wyoming Notaries and registers and audits more than 500 Commercial Registered Agents who represent the entities formed in Wyoming. Kelly has been with the Secretary of State's Office for 14 years. She has a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree both in Finance from the University of Wyoming. Go Pokes! Kelly and her husband have three girls and enjoy traveling, camping, golfing and valuable family time.


Election Division Director

Kai Schon

Kai Schon

Kai is responsible for overseeing the Election Division and ensuring the uniform application of Wyoming's election and lobbying laws. He and his Division are tasked with overseeing the statewide voter registration system, the state initiative and referendum process, candidate filing, lobbyist registration and reporting, voting system certification and campaign finance reporting. Kai has worked in the Election Division of the Secretary of State's Office for over 10 years and was integral in the rollout of Wyoming's current statewide voter registration application and online campaign finance information system. Kai and his team are passionate about seeing every citizen exercise their right to vote. More specifically, he wants to see the younger demographic become increasingly more active and vibrant participants in the complete electoral process. When Kai's not in the Office, he enjoys writing music, singing with his wife, loving his kids and making them laugh while being active with sports and general fitness.


Technology Division Director

Andrea Byrne

Andrea Byrne

Andrea manages all information technology resources of the Office. She and her Division partner with each of the Office's Division Directors in the planning, development, deployment, and maintenance of Office applications, computer resources, Office websites and web applications, etc. She and her staff are also responsible for working with other state agencies including the Department of Enterprise Technology Services. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Regis University and has been with the Secretary of State's Office for 28 years. As a proud Wyoming native, Andrea enjoys the outdoors with her husband whether hunting, fishing, shooting, hiking, gardening, or riding their motorcycles.