- John McMillanAlabama Treasurer
John McMillan grew up in the rural community of Stockton, Alabama in Baldwin County. After graduating from Baldwin County High School, McMillan attended Rhodes College where he earned a BA in economics and returned to work at the family sawmill.
His interest in public service grew out of his appointment by Governor Albert Brewer to the Baldwin County Commission.
McMillan served on the Baldwin County Commission, was twice elected as a State Representative, served as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, was Executive Vice President of the Alabama Forestry Association for over 20 years, and served 14 years on the State Personnel Board.
During his time as the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, McMillan was instrumental in the creation of the Alabama Trust Fund, a state trust to preserve the revenue from offshore oil and gas leases.
McMillan was elected as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
During his first term as Commissioner, McMillan was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to serve as a member of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) and as Chairman of the Alabama Drone Task Force.
McMillan has served as President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA), the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), on the Board of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA),and continues to serve on the Board of the University of South Alabama Foundation.
Besides an enthusiasm for community and public service, McMillan loves hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
He and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons William and Murphy. Murphy and his wife Beth have two children, daughter El and son John.
- Kimberly YeeArizona Treasurer
Kimberly Yee serves as the 36th Treasurer of Arizona, the first Asian American elected to a statewide office in Arizona's history. She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in United States history.
Prior to her election as Arizona Treasurer, she was a member of the Arizona Legislature since 2010, and served in leadership as the Senate Majority Leader. Kimberly Yee is the second woman elected as the Senate Majority Leader in Arizona's history, following U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she served the position in 1973.
Born and raised in Arizona, Kimberly Yee is a graduate of Pepperdine University where she earned Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Political Science. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University where she received the honored Scholar-Citizen Award.
Prior to elected office, Kimberly Yee served a career in public service in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a Policy Analyst for Governor Pete Wilson and on the executive team of Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, where she promoted fiscal conservative principles to protect taxpayers. She also served as a senior research analyst for the Arizona Senate Committee on Education. She previously provided administrative services for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. At the federal level, she worked for the United States Department of Justice in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C.
In 2016, Senator Kimberly Yee was a featured speaker on stage during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, she was recognized nationally as a "Rising Star" by the Republican National Committee at the RNC Winter Meeting. She was previously named one of the nation's "25 Most Influential Women in State Politics" by Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, the leading media organization covering Congress.
Senator Kimberly Yee was one of 25 national women leaders selected to participate in the 2018 Women in Government Program. Senator Yee has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was recently featured to represent the State of Arizona in Lifetime Television Network's series "Her America: 50 Women, 50 States" which profiled one woman from every state.
Kimberly Yee and her husband are blessed with two young children and they own a small business. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteers in her church and community.
- Dennis MilliganArkansas Treasurer
On November 4, 2014, Dennis Milligan became the first Republican elected to the Office of Treasurer of State since Reconstruction securing 56% of the vote. The Treasurer of State serves as the State’s banker and is responsible for an investment portfolio of approximately $3 billion.
Dennis previously served as the Saline County Circuit Clerk from 2011-2015.
The middle child of Lee Milligan, a truck driver, and Mae Milligan, a homemaker, Dennis grew up in Little Rock and graduated from McClellan High School in 1976. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dennis is a successful small business owner who started his company, Water Treatment Services (WTS), from scratch in 1985. WTS has grown from serving central Arkansas to serving customers in 17 states. Dennis also owns a real estate developing company and is a home builder.
Dennis and his wife, Tina (Summers), married in 1977 and have lived in Saline County since 1985. They have one daughter, Tiffany, an attorney, and son-in-law Chad Brown, vice president of WTS; and three grandchildren: Jackson, and twins Gabby and Grace.
Dennis is a member of The Church at Rock Creek. In his local community, Dennis has coached little league baseball, and supported the Saline County Humane Society, his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Saline County Seniors. Dennis was appointed constable in Saline County by Governor Mike Huckabee in 2006, and has served as a reserve deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s office. He has supported scholarships for single parents and created eight scholarships for high school seniors in four Saline County high schools. Dennis was named to the Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors in 2014.
Dennis previously ran for state representative in 2002 and 2004. He served as chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee in 2005. Dennis went on to serve as the Treasurer for the Republican Party of Arkansas and Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2008.
As Saline County Circuit Clerk, Dennis was an innovator and unafraid of challenging the status quo. He never accepted the old adage, “well that’s how we’ve always done it.” He implemented an online juror information data collection system, usage of a computer system to randomly assign jurors and allowed for the use of debit and credit cards to pay filing fees.
In 2012, Dennis was one of 12 nominees for the prestigious G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. This national award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices. Dennis was nominated for his jury notification system that replaced a method which required jury panelist to call a recorded message each week to find out if they were needed or not for jury service. His notification system sent notices to panelist via a pre-recorded message to a home or cell phone, or via an email or text message saving the taxpayers’ time and money. Dennis is the only Arkansan ever nominated for that award.
During the 89th Session of the Arkansas General Assembly, Dennis worked closely with legislators on Act 291. Previously Dennis ended the practice in Saline County of the Circuit Clerk being paid personally while acting as the commissioner for the sale of real or personal property. Act 291 ended the practice statewide and has the fee go into the county funds which cover the operations of the Circuit Clerk offices.
As Treasurer of State, Dennis will continue to bring his innovate spirit and mindset to the Treasurer of State’s office. He has pledged to restore honor and integrity, and regain the public’s trust in the office. He will be introducing a blind bidder program to receive and award investment proposals from pre-approved vendors, posting all public records online and automating the operations of the office as much as allowed by law.
- Andrea LeaArkansas Auditor
In 2014, Andrea Lea was elected the 40th Auditor of State. As Auditor, Andrea is putting her experience to work as the state’s general accountant, administrator of the Arkansas Unclaimed Property Act, and payroll officer for over 600 elected officials and their employees. She is partnering with businesses to save money and is using technology to improve the way unclaimed property is reported to the state and returned to the rightful owners through the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt. She is also working to reduce operating expenses and establish transparency as the foundation of the Auditor’s office.
Andrea Lea has nearly two decades of leadership experience in Arkansas. She served on the Pope County Quorum Court, the Russellville City Council, and three terms in the Arkansas General Assembly before being elected Auditor of State.
Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Management from Arkansas Tech University at the age of 47 and continues to advocate for non-traditional students to return to school and complete a degree.
She is a proud daughter, wife, and mother to U.S. Veterans. With family ties to Arkansas, she and her husband Phillip returned in 1982. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
- Jimmy PatronisFlorida CFO
Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian born and raised in Panama City. He earned his associate degree in restaurant management from Gulf Coast Community College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University. He is a partner in a family-owned seafood restaurant called Captain Anderson’s that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. His public service career began with experience as an intern in the Florida Senate and the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. Following his college graduation, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Florida Elections Commission, and he was later reappointed by Governor Jeb Bush.
He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014, representing his hometown region in the Florida Panhandle. He was appointed to serve on Florida’s Public Service Commission, as well as the Constitution Revision Commission, which meets once every twenty years to propose changes to the state constitution.
He is recognized for outstanding leadership in his hometown of Panama City and throughout Florida. Committed to active civic engagement and business development, he has chaired the Greater Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Council, served on the board of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Bay County Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and as national president for the Florida Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. He is a former trustee of the Gulf Coast Medical Center, and former director of the Bay Medical Center’s Foundation and Gulf Coast Community College Foundation Board.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City and has served as chairman and a board member of Bay County-Panama City International Airport and Industrial District.
He and wife Katie are proud parents to two sons, Jimmy Theo III and John Michael.
- Lynne RileyGeorgia Treasurer
Governor Brian P. Kemp appointed Lynne Riley to serve as Georgia’s first woman to hold the office of State Treasurer in May, 2019.
A thirty year resident of Johns Creek Georgia, Lynne Riley served four years in the General Assembly representing House District 50. As a State Representative, Riley served on several influential committees, including Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee. Riley was the Fulton County House Delegation Chair during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, and she served as one of Governor Nathan Deal’s Floor Leaders in 2014. In 2015, Governor Deal appointed Riley to serve as State Revenue Commissioner, a role she performed for over 4 years. Riley has also served in local government as the District 3 Fulton County Commissioner from July 2004 to December 2010. In service to the citizens of North Fulton, Lynne collaborated with the Fulton Legislative Delegation in the creation of the new cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and Milton.
Riley recently served as Vice President of the Federation of Tax Administrators and a Board Member of the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators. Lynne served on the IRS Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing & Analysis Center Executive Board and was part of the Service’s Security Summit Leadership Team. Riley was appointed to the IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee in 2018 for a three year term. Riley is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute. Lynne chairs the Board of Trustees of the Johns Creek Economic Development Corporation, and she is a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. Lynne and her husband Mike have three adult children and two grandchildren.
- Julie EllsworthIdaho Treasurer
Julie Ellsworth was elected Idaho’s 24th State Treasurer in 2018. Treasurer Ellsworth has a long history of public service which includes serving in the Idaho House of Representatives for twelve years.
Some of Julie’s legislative endeavors included drafting model legislation to allow individuals and businesses to purchase health insurance across state borders and passing legislation cracking down on Medicaid fraud, which resulted in the state recouping millions of dollars. She also worked to maintain the state’s high bond rating by meeting with Wall Street rating firms to answer questions about Idaho’s financial status and public policies.
In addition to her legislative service she has functioned as a Civil Mediator/Facilitator and Business Consultant. She was a Foundation Grant Evaluator and Judge as well as a teacher in Idaho’s public schools.
Julie Ellsworth grew up in Idaho and has worked to promote a pro-family environment for the state. She and her husband have three children and two grandchildren.
- Kelly MitchellIndiana Treasurer
2019 SFOF National Vice Chair
Kelly Mitchell was elected as the 55th Treasurer for the State of Indiana on November 4th, 2014. In this role, Treasurer Mitchell serves as the Chair of the Indiana Bond Bank, the Statewide E-911 Board, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, the ABLE Authority, and as the Sole Trustee of the State Police Pension Trust among a number of other positions. As the Chief Investment Officer for the State, she is responsible for the management of approximately five to seven billion dollars on a daily basis.
For seven years prior to becoming Treasurer, Kelly Mitchell worked in the Treasurer of State’s Office as the Director of TrustINdiana, Indiana’s local government investment pool.
Prior to joining the Indiana Treasurer of State’s Office, Kelly Mitchell was a County Commissioner for eight years in Cass County, Indiana. During her tenure as Commissioner, she served as President of the Board of Commissioners for five years and was named First-Term Commissioner of the Year by the Association of County Commissioners. Treasurer Mitchell also served on the State Board of the Association of County Commissioners for three years, and as a member of the County Government Senate Study Commission. As Commissioner, she served seven years on the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation and as President of the Foundation for one year. She founded and co-chaired Cass County “Make a Difference Day”, managing hundreds of volunteers and dozens of projects every year.
Treasurer Mitchell holds a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). In 2018, the Treasurer received an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is an alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. During the summer of 2015, Treasurer Mitchell completed The Commandant’s National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has also been selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. The Treasurer was awarded both the Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Governor Mike Pence and the 2016 Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. As Treasurer, she sits on both the Legislative Committee and the Financial Education Committee of the National Association of State Treasurer’s (NAST) as well as on the Executive Committee of the College Savings Plan Network (CSPN). Treasurer Mitchell is also a member of the State Financial Officers Foundation where she serves on the Executive Committee. Treasurer Mitchell resides in Indianapolis, with her husband Larry, and they have a blended family of four children and two grandchildren.
- Jake LaTurnerKansas Treasurer
Jake LaTurner was sworn in as the 40th Kansas State Treasurer on April 18th, 2017.
Jake LaTurner has been highly regarded as an idea-driven leader throughout his time in Kansas Government. As the youngest statewide officeholder in the nation, Jake hopes to help raise awareness for the programs provided by the State Treasurer’s Office. He wants to help Kansans plan and prepare for the future.
Prior to becoming State Treasurer, LaTurner was elected to the Kansas State Senate twice, representing the people of Southeast Kansas. He served on the Financial Institutions Committee and was Chairman of Federal and State Affairs. As a state legislator, he worked to create a more efficient state government, and he has a proven record saving taxpayers’ money.
Before running for elected office, Jake graduated from Pittsburg State University in Southeast Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following graduation, he worked for Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins in her Pittsburg office.
As State Treasurer Jake LaTurner oversees an office that currently handles over $24 billion and an annual operating budget of $3.5 million. Key programs in the office are Bonds Services, Cash Management, Unclaimed Property, the Ag Loan and Housing Loan Deposit Programs and the Kansas 529 Education Savings Program, which has more than 185,000 accounts with total assets exceeding $ 4.6 billion. The treasurer’s office is a fee-funded agency. In his role as treasurer, LaTurner also serves as a member of the Kansas Public Employee’s Retirement System (KPERS) and the Pooled Money Investment Board.
Jake has been married to his wife, Suzanne, for 7 years, and has 4 small children. Jake was born in Galena, Kansas and is a 6th generation Kansan. Jake does not only advocate for the programs implemented by the Treasurer’s Office, but he personally utilizes the programs to help his children save for higher education.
- Allison BallKentucky Treasurer
Allison Ball is the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Prior to her role as State Treasurer, Treasurer Ball practiced bankruptcy law and focused on consumer rights and commercial litigation. As part of her time in public service, Treasurer Ball spent four years as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases.
Treasurer Ball has a rich Kentucky history; her family has been in Eastern Kentucky since the 1790s. She holds a degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and was very active while a student there, serving as President of the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Treasurer Ball has led a professional career developing and improving the economic mobility of individual Kentuckians. She developed a deep appreciation of entrepreneurialism and small businesses when, at the age of 9, she started her first business selling pencils, and continued with the operation of a small town law practice. Treasurer Ball understands the importance of a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility in any enterprise.
Treasurer Ball is focused on being a watchdog for Kentucky taxpayer dollars spent in Frankfort. Since taking office, she has launched a new transparency website making it easier for Kentuckians to see how the state government is spending their money, established a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities called STABLE Kentucky, and created a Financial Empowerment Coalition and Database focused on improving the financial literacy of Kentuckians.
Treasurer Ball is married to Taylor County, Kentucky native, Asa James Swan. The couple has one son, Levi, whose birth in 2018 made Treasurer Ball the first Kentucky constitutional officer to give birth while in office.
- Mike HarmonKentucky Auditor
Mike Harmon was elected in November 2015 as the 47th Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mike previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 13 years representing the people of Boyle and Casey County, and previously Washington County, in the 54th District.
During his time in public service, Auditor Harmon has always sought for common-sense solutions to make life better for the people of Kentucky by supporting good public policy to protect and preserve taxpayer dollars. Mike brings those same values, along with his desire to make government more transparent, to his role as Auditor.
In addition to his background in public service, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility through his experience in business, particularly insurance and banking. He also previously served as Vice Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Tourism and Energy, and also was a member of the committees for Banking and Insurance; Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs; Health and Welfare; and Tourism Development and Energy during the regular and interim sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Mike is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with degrees in math, statistics, and theater, and was valedictorian of his Boyle County High School class. Mike also serves as a deacon and church moderator at Junction City First Baptist Church.
Despite all these accomplishments, Mike is most proud of being married to his wife, Lynn for more than 25 years, and raising their two daughters, Tori and Lizzie. Mike is also a proud grandfather to his grandson, Aiden.
During Mike’s life he has tried to live by the philosophy he adopted after his first successful election to public office, values he will bring to his new job as Auditor:
“I have no desire to leave a legacy, Except that I served my Lord,
I served my Family,
And I served my Country,
- John SchroderLouisiana Treasurer
John M. Schroder, Sr. was elected Louisiana State Treasurer in November of 2017. As Treasurer, he oversees the state’s $6.6 billion investment portfolios and $40.7 billion in cash flow. He also chairs the Louisiana State Bond Commission and returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Louisiana citizens.
John is a businessman and entrepreneur who has advocated for fiscal responsibility his entire career. He firmly believes Louisiana state government should live within its means and as Treasurer has pushed for transparency and accountability at all levels of government.
In his first year in office, John utilized his business background to improve state government operations. He implemented new technologies in the Unclaimed Property Program, resulting in faster and easier claims for taxpayers. John negotiated contracts throughout the agency resulting in savings to taxpayers. He also successfully prevented banks from participating in a Louisiana bond deal due to their restrictive participation policies that, in his opinion, violated the rights of the citizens of Louisiana.
Prior to his position as State Treasurer, John served for 10 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2007 by a predominantly conservative constituency and served on both the Appropriations and Joint Budget committees. During his time in the Legislature, John sponsored and passed comprehensive earmark reforms and emerged as a vocal spokesman for the average taxpayer, demanding governmental accountability.
John is a graduate of East Jefferson High School, Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Veteran of the United States Army. He is a small businessman, co-owner of a real estate company, and a residential developer. John has been married to Ellie Daigle Schroder for 33 years.
- David McRaeMississippi Treasurer
David McRae is a fourth-generation Mississippian. His great-grandfather, Sam McRae, reared on a farm in rural Rankin County, established the S.P. McRae Company on Capitol Street in 1902. This family business grew to become one of the premier department store chains in the southeast and remained so for over 100 years. McRae continues to be involved in the family business, McRae Investments, serving as its managing partner, and he is also a licensed attorney. He is active in civic and charity organizations throughout the community and statewide. His civic involvement includes the Mississippi Republican Party Foundation, efforts to expand the presence of the Metro Capital Area Habitat for Humanity, work with Friends of Children’s Hospital and the American Heart Association, and time serving as liaison with the Mississippi Museum of Art to fund the McRae Children’s Fountains.
While studying for his law degree, McRae was Chief Justice of the Honor Court and worked for Justice Jess Dickinson at the Mississippi Supreme Court.
McRae lives in Ridgeland with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. Katherine spent six years working on Hurricane Katrina recovery projects for the Mississippi Development Authority. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Children’s Hospital and is active in the Mississippi Museum of Art, Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Symphony League, and Junior League of Jackson.
- Scott FitzpatrickMissouri Treasurer
Scott Fitzpatrick was sworn in as Missouri’s 47th Treasurer on January 14, 2019.
As Treasurer, Scott is fighting to promote government transparency and efficiency. His record as Chairman of the House Budget Committee reflects his commitment to fiscally conservative values as well as his support for small businesses and Missouri families.
Scott was first elected State Representative in 2012, at the age of 25, to represent Barry and portions of Stone and Lawrence counties. He served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2017 and 2018. Under Scott’s conservative leadership, the State’s budget surplus nearly tripled to almost $500 million, while Missouri schools were fully funded for the first time in nearly a decade.
Scott understands the needs of Missouri’s business-owners. When he was 17 years-old, Scott started his own company, MariCorp US., a Shell Knob-based marine manufacturing and construction company that does business coast-to-coast. His experience growing his company inspired him to run for office to fight unnecessary red tape and burdensome regulations.
He is a member of the Cassville, Shell Knob and Monett chambers of commerce and has been recognized in Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
A lifelong Missourian, Scott graduated from Cassville High School and the University of Missouri. He currently lives in Cassville where he and his wife Mallory have two sons, Luke and Carson, and are members of United Methodist Church in Cassville.
- John MuranteNebraska Treasurer
State Treasurer John Murante was first elected in 2018.
Prior to his election, he served as State Senator from 2013-2019. During his time in the Nebraska State Legislature, Treasurer Murante was elected Chairman of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and also served on the Transportation and Telecommunications committee and the Executive Board of the Legislature. Treasurer Murante advocated for shrinking and streamlining government, adoption of voter id laws and lowering taxes.
In his professional life, Treasurer John Murante was President and CEO of his family’s small business in Omaha Nebraska.
Treasurer Murante is married to his wife, Melissa, and has one daughter.
- Dale FolwellNorth Carolina Treasurer
Four years ago as assistant secretary of commerce, Dale inherited the most “broke and broken” unemployment system in the United States. Under his leadership and with help from the General Assembly, North Carolina employers and hard-working employees, the state was able to pay-off $2.7 billion in unemployment debt and build a $1 billion surplus in 30 months. By listening to the creative ideas of state employees and others, he was able to improve processes finding opportunities to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. This resulted in North Carolina’s unemployment system becoming a national leader in debt-repayment, quality and customer service.
Dale began his career as a blue collar worker making a living with his hands and his back. Working his way through school, Folwell received his B.S. and Masters in Accounting from UNC-Greensboro. He is a former vice-president and registered investment advisor for DB/Alex Brown. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Dale also served for eight years on the Forsyth Board of Education. Married for 30 years, he and his wife Synthia have three children and live in Winston-Salem.
- Kelly SchmidtNorth Dakota Treasurer
Growing up in North Dakota, Treasurer Kelly Schmidt learned the values of hard work, keeping her word, and serving her community. Those are the same values that led her to public service and continue to guide her decisions as she represents the people of North Dakota.
Always believing “the people’s treasury is the people’s business,” Schmidt was elected North Dakota’s 33rd State Treasurer in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She and her staff provide analysis, data and bring transparency to the state treasury.
In addition to the responsibilities of her office, as required by statute or Constitution, Schmidt serves on six Boards: the State Investment Board which oversees the investment programs of several funds including the Legacy Fund, public pensions, insurance trust; the Teachers Fund for Retirement, the Board of University and School Lands, the State Board of Tax Equalization, the State Historical Board, and the State Canvassing Board.
Treasurer Schmidt is a founding member of the State Financial Officers Foundation and was elected Chair in September 2014. She was awarded the SFOF Servant Leadership Award in October 2016. She served as President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and chaired its foundation. The Council of State Governments has named her a “Toll Fellow” for her achievement and service to state government. Schmidt was awarded the Desjardins Financial Education Award by the Credit Union National Association for her leadership on behalf of financial literacy. She is a founding member of the North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition, past member of the Board of Directors for the National Jump$tart Coalition and the American Savings Education Council.
Kelly and her husband, Chuck have four sons and five grandsons. She is a proud “Navy Mom”.
- Robert SpragueOhio Treasurer
Robert Sprague currently serves as Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State where he oversees the state’s investment and debt portfolios, domestic & international custody portfolios, and annual cash movements and deposits. Treasurer Sprague is committed to promoting strong fiscal stewardship while securing a sound financial footing for Ohio’s future.
He represented Ohio’s 83rd House District from 2011 through 2018. As a legislator, Sprague was a leading voice on fiscal matters as a member of both the House Finance and Financial Institutions Committees. He also led efforts to combat the state’s opioid epidemic by working with law enforcement, community leaders and doctors to prevent prescription drug abuse, curb overdose deaths and improve treatment systems.
Treasurer Sprague began his career in public service in his hometown of Findlay. As both city auditor and treasurer, he balanced city budgets and helped finance a massive recovery effort after historic floods and the 2008 economic recession.
While in the private sector, Treasurer Sprague was a project lead at Ernst & Young and worked on a number of high-profile engagements with Fortune 500 companies before forming his own consulting firm.
Treasurer Sprague graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later earned a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His commitment to public service is matched only by his love of family. He and his wife, Amanda, continue to live in Findlay with their five children.
- Randy McDanielOklahoma TreasurerRandy McDaniel is the 19th State Treasurer of Oklahoma. He was elected to a four-year term in 2018, receiving 72 percent of the vote and carrying all 77 counties.As the state's top elected financial officer, McDaniel protects and manages the billions of taxpayer dollars deposited each year, safeguards the financial health of the state, promotes responsible fiscal policy, and operates the state's unclaimed property program.McDaniel chairs the Oklahoma College Savings Plan Board of Trustees and the Board of Investors for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. He is a member of the State Board of Equalization, which certifies funds available for the state budget, and the State Pension Commission.After earning a bachelor's degree with honors in economics from the University of Oklahoma, McDaniel earned a master's degree from Cambridge University before starting his career in banking. He was a successful financial advisor for more than 20 years working with individual and institutional investors. He holds a Certificate in Public Treasury Management from the National Institute of Public Finance.McDaniel was a Distinguished Military Graduate and served for 11 years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Captain.McDaniel was elected to six terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He served as chair of the House Banking, Financial Services and Pensions Committee, where he spearheaded the passage of legislation that helped strengthen the state's retirement systems, ensuring the retirement security of teachers, public safety personnel and public employees.He and his wife, Julie, have two children, Grace and John. They live in Oklahoma City and attend Crossings Community Church.
- Curtis M. Loftis, Jr.South Carolina Treasurer
Curtis Loftis is the State Treasurer of South Carolina. As Treasurer, he is the state’s "private banker,” managing, investing and retaining custody of more than $45 billion in public funds. First elected in 2010, Loftis is serving his third term as State Treasurer.
Treasurer Loftis is a nationally recognized advocate for public pension reform, a cause he has championed since taking office. His leadership has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Institutional Investor and Bond Buyer. He is a sought-after speaker and has presented to groups such as the Wall Street Journal Private Equity Conference, The SkyBridge Alternative (SALT) Conference and the World Pension Forum. In 2013, he was named “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers.
Since taking office, Treasurer Loftis has returned $158 million in unclaimed funds to South Carolinians – more than all previous state treasurers combined. He has overseen significant growth in the state’s Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, with more than 157,000 accounts and total assets under management of $3.6 billion. Additionally, Treasurer Loftis administers the Palmetto ABLE Savings Program, providing eligible individuals with disabilities the opportunity to open tax-advantaged accounts to save for their future.
Treasurer Loftis is Chairman of the State Board of Financial Institutions, Vice Chairman of the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Education Authority and Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Tobacco Authority. He also serves on the executive board of the College Savings Plans Network and recently held leadership positions with the National Association of State Treasurers and the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. He is a member of the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club.
- Josh HaederSouth Dakota Treasurer
Prior to being elected South Dakota’s 33rd state treasurer, Josh Haeder was the managing partner of Haeder Organization, LLC based in Huron, SD. Haeder Organization is a property management company that focuses on affordable housing and lodging. Haeder served 4 1/2 years as the Northeast Director for US Senator Mike Rounds who is a member of the Banking Committee.
Haeder's experience includes time as the chief operating officer for a national credit counseling agency that assists individuals and families considering bankruptcy. He also spent several years in business and agricultural banking management. Haeder's education includes a B.S. in Public Safety Management and a M.A. in Intelligence and Global Security from Point Park University.
Haeder has been married to his wife Amanda for six years, and they have two young daughters at home, Maggie age 4 and Laikyn age 2. In his spare time, Haeder is a public address announcer for sporting activities, enjoys practicing mixed martial arts, pheasant hunting, fishing and watching Minnesota Twins baseball.
Josh Haeder is passionate about serving South Dakota by protecting citizens’ money and state accounts against cyber threats and through financial wellness education for young people. Regarding his public service, Haeder lives by the quote "If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.”
- Richard SattgastSouth Dakota Auditor
Rich graduated from Spearfish High School and later earned his B.S. in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration at Black Hills State University, where his father was a long time instructor, and his mother was the High School secretary. After High School, Sattgast joined the U.S Army, where he has spent over 20 years in the military, including being stationed as part of the Occupation Force in Berlin in the 1980’s, Desert Storm in the 1990’s, and the South Dakota National Guard in the new Millennium.
After Desert Storm, Rich moved out-of state to work on his M.P.A in the field of Public Affairs, Political and Governmental Processes at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. While there, Rich served as the Peace Corps Campus Coordinator for Minority Relations. Upon completing his coursework with a GPA of 4.0, Rich was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kapa Phi, and was accepted to receive a position with the Presidential Management Internship program. However, at the age of thirty, Rich decided he valued his family and the South Dakota way of life more than a PMI position in D.C. or New York and returned home to a position with the Secretary of State.
Rich’s interest in politics grew from his family’s involvement in the community and a sense of commitment to this country. Aside from acting as the Association of County Officials’ Lobbyist, Sattgast’s political experience includes serving in the Legislature as a Legislative Intern and later as a Lobbyist Intern. In 1992 he assisted with President George Bush’s Election Campaign as West River Coordinator for the campaign after returning home from Desert Storm where he served as a military liaison to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait for the Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces in Kuwait. In addition to his military and political involvement, Rich has also taken an active role in civic and community activities by being a member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and serves as Treasurer of the Pierre Athletic Booster Club.
First elected to statewide office as State Auditor in 2002 and in 2006, and then elected to State Treasurer in 2010 and 2014, Rich is now proud to once again serve the people of South Dakota as their State Auditor.
Rich and his wife Penny have worked together to make Pierre their home. Penny is the past fundraising chair for the Siouxland Republican Women and current Co-chair of CENKOTA Republican Women. After moving to Pierre, Penny quit her biosciences job with ELANCO and started her own biotech consulting company and serves on the board of the South Dakota Biotech Association.
With three children very active in athletics and academics, Rich and Penny are leaders in the Pierre Booster Club with Rich serving as Club Treasurer and Penny heading up Membership.
Josh is an 8th grader and is active in Teenage Republicans, where he won the Abnor Award in 2017 for being the outstanding new camper. Josh is also active in Football and Wrestling and one day wants to be an Engineer.
Claire is in the 11th Grade and won the Abnor Award in 2012 and now serves as the Secretary for the Teenage Republicans. Claire is active in Basketball and loves History and aspires to be in public service.
Chase is in the 11th Grade and is a Varsity Letterman in Football and Basketball and is aspiring to be a scientist in the Biotech industry.
- John DougallUtah Auditor
John Dougall was elected State Auditor November 6, 2012 and took office January 7, 2013.
Mr. Dougall believes the Office of State Auditor should provide Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government.
Prior to becoming State Auditor, Mr. Dougall served 10 years as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, ultimately serving as the House Vice Chair of Executive Appropriations. Mr Dougall has a long history of challenging bloated government programs and questioning heavily-funded agencies that could be doing more with less. He is a champion of tax reform, transparent government, performance management, and fiscal responsibility. He served in various leadership positions, including the chair of the House Revenue & Taxation standing committee, chair of the House Ethics standing committee, and the co-chair of the Health & Human Services Appropriations subcommittee.
In addition to his political activities, Mr. Dougall has a long career in the technology sector, working for large companies and small start-ups, in an array of management and technical positions.
Mr. Dougall received his Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University in 2000. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Brigham Young University.
- Duane DavidsonWashington Treasurer
Duane A. Davidson is serving his first term as Washington State Treasurer after being elected four times as Benton County Treasurer. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Prior to his election as County Treasurer in 2003, Davidson was the Chief Financial Accountant for Benton County, and before that worked for the Washington State Auditor’s Office as an Assistant Audit Manager.
Other leadership positions have included: President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers, past President of Kiwanis Clubs in the Tri-Cities, church treasurer, and a member of Gideon International.
In addition to continuous clean audits as Benton County Treasurer, Davidson:
- Modernized the treasurer’s office by automating the processing of property taxes, and launching a website that allows taxpayers to obtain tax information and make online payments;
- Launched the Benton County Treasurer Investment Pool, a consolidated investment fund for public agencies located within the county, with assets ranging $180 to $220 million;
- Upgraded the county’s bond rating as a member and chairman of the County Finance Committee;
- Strengthened internal controls by issuing a comprehensive cash handling policy and developing a detailed policies and procedures manual; and
- Achieved certifications from the Association of Government Accountants and the Association of Public Treasurers and Finance Officers.
Born and raised in Carnation, Wash., Davidson now lives in Olympia, Wash. His hobbies include genealogy and gardening. He is recently widowed after 21 years of marriage and has three grown children.
- J.B. McCuskeyWest Virginia Auditor
John B. “JB” McCuskey, West Virginia’s 21st State Auditor, was a two-term member of the House of Delegates, District 35 in Charleston from 2012-2016. He is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication. He is also a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and was previously an attorney for six years with Steptoe & Johnson in Charleston.
While serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates, Auditor McCuskey was a member of the Energy, Industry and Labor, Judiciary, Banking and Insurance (chair), and Enrolled Bills (chair) Committees. He also served on Interim Committees including Energy, Judiciary, Technology, and the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (chair).
Born in Clarksburg, and a longtime resident of Charleston, Auditor McCuskey is a graduate of George Washington High School, Class of 2000. Before attending law school, he worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., in the offices of the Army and Department of Defense General Counsels.
Auditor McCuskey is the son of John F. McCuskey of Charleston, 70th Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and former member of the State Legislature, and the late Anne McCuskey. He resides in Charleston with his wife, Wendy, and daughters, Charlotte Anne and Martha Elizabeth, where they own a small business.