Tre Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th secretary of state in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Secretary Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of more than 300 employees. He also serves on 15 boards and commissions, two of which he is the presiding member. The services and oversight found in the Secretary of State's office reaches every department and agency in state government.
Accuracy, cost effectiveness and accountability drive every decision within the department. Secretary Hargett places a premium on customer service, while leveraging technology to create efficiencies that benefit taxpayers with a customer-centered approach to state government. His office has overseen a massive overhaul of its technological abilities to embrace its customers online as evidence by the successful implementation of the department's online corporate filing system.
In order to help increase voter registration, turnout and awareness across Tennessee, Secretary Hargett launched the GoVoteTN campaign. He continues to promote the vast resources of the Tennessee State Library and Archives by commissioning the Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition documentary and sending teams of archivists and conservators to communities to digitally copy and preserve Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts and photographs for the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project.
In 2010, Secretary Hargett was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow, an honor given to 40 of the nation’s top state government officials. Additionally, he is a member and former president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), on the board of directors of the YMCA Center for Civic Engagement, a member of the Union University Advisory Board, as well as former chairman of the executive committee of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC). Secretary Hargett has also been recognized for his support of National History Day.
Previously, Mr. Hargett served as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Before joining the Tennessee Regulatory Authority he was regional vice president for a publicly traded emergency services provider.
Secretary Hargett served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for a decade representing District 97 (Bartlett and Memphis), when he was twice elected Republican Leader by his colleagues.
Mr. Hargett earned a B.B.A. in Accounting with honors from Memphis State University as well as an MBA from The University of Memphis.
A native of Ripley, Secretary Hargett now lives in Hendersonville with his wife, Dawn and their two sons. He is a Southern Baptist and attends Indian Lake Peninsula Church.
Secretary Hargett is the son of Pat Vaughan of Wingo, Kentucky, and retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, Jr. of Murfreesboro.