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AT A GLANCE: MARK RITCHIE
Family: Married to Nancy Gaschott.
Education: B.S., Iowa State University.
Career: Secretary of state, 2007-present. Formerly: president of Minneapolis-based nonprofit, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; research manager, Miller Meester Advertising; trade analyst, Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2004 led National Voice, a coalition of organizations that claimed credit for helping register more than 5 million voters.