West Virginia’s 29th Secretary of State
Throughout her administration, she has been a leader in promoting open and engaging government and business friendly initiatives. Tennant has streamlined the Secretary of State’s Office to make it more efficient and cost-effective while improving services for voters, candidates, business owners, and citizens who depend on the office for important information about charities and administrative law.
Under Tennant’s leadership, the Secretary of State’s Office has met unprecedented challenges and promoted bold initiatives. Most recently, Secretary Tennant spearheaded legislation to allow for electronic voter registration in West Virginia.
In 2013, thanks to years of cost saving and efficiency programs, Secretary Tennant was able to return $3 million of taxpayer money to general revenue.
Secretary Tennant’s vision also includes pilot projects that improved voter turnout and decreased costs, secure community voting locations to make it more convenient to cast a ballot, online annual report filings that save business owners time
The youngest of seven children, Natalie, grew up on a farm near Fairview in Marion County. Coming from a long line of teachers, Natalie’s parents and 5 of her brothers and sister taught in the public school system. She now lives in Charleston with her husband Erik and their daughter Delaney. Erik, who is a state Senator and small business owner, served in Afghanistan in 2011 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.
Natalie’s father sold cows to pay her tuition bills at West Virginia University and she contributed by working part-time while in school. Tennant studied broadcasting and broke barriers, becoming the first woman to serve as the WVU Mountaineer. In 1991, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. For the next decade she anchored the news in Clarksburg and Charleston, bringing attention to stories that affected the people of West Virginia. Later, she and her husband started
Natalie E. Tennant was sworn in as West Virginia’s 29th Secretary of State on January 19, 2009. Since taking office, Secretary Tennant has focused on initiatives to create an open and engaging government for our citizens, maintaining fair and honest elections and implementing efficient technologies to better serve the businesses and agencies of our state.