About the Secretary
Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Secretary of State Ken Detzner began serving as Florida’s Secretary of State for the second time in his career in February 2012, after being appointed by Governor Rick Scott. Prior to his appointment, Secretary Detzner spent more than 30 years working in private and public settings, including the Florida Department of State.
Most recently, Secretary Detzner served as a governmental affairs and management consultant from 2003 to 2012. As a consultant, he helped develop a Hurricane Mediation Program for the Florida Department of Financial Services to resolve disputes stemming from the disastrous 2004-05 storm season. Secretary Detzner also advised the Florida Attorney General’s Office on methods to expedite the claims process to compensate injured parties from losses resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. As a consultant, Secretary Detzner also helped create a Foreclosure Mediation Program for the Collins Center for Public Policy in response to a Supreme Court ruling requiring mediation as a last resort before foreclosure proceedings. In addition, Secretary Detzner worked with the Wayne Densch Charities Foundation to develop transitional housing to meet federal and state standards and help the homeless achieve self-sufficiency.
From 2002 to 2003, Secretary Detzner worked at the Florida Department of State where he served as chief of staff until being appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as Secretary of State. During this period, he helped transition the position of Secretary of State from being an elected cabinet officer to being a gubernatorial appointment.
Prior to his work at the Florida Department of State, Secretary Detzner was the executive director for a statewide trade association from 1987 to 2000. From 1985 to 1987, he was the finance director for the Jim Smith for Governor Campaign. He was also the director of legislative and policy affairs in the Office of the Attorney General of Florida from 1979 to 1985.
Secretary Detzner received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University.