Elaine Marshall will also take a voluntary pay cut.
In a press release today, the secretary of state said she would ask that her annual salary be reduced by half a percent, in line with cuts proposed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.
"This is a significant step toward making hard choices to balance the State Budget," she said. "It affects all of us, including myself. I have taken the steps necessary to ensure the pay reduction applies to me as well."
Under state law, Perdue does not have the authority to reduce the pay of Council of State members such as Marshall.
Update: Marshall and Atkinson's pay cuts are worth about $616 a year.
Second Update: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has also volunteered.
"Balancing our state’s budget will not be an easy task, and I certainly want to do my part in supporting my employees at the Department of Insurance and this portion of the state budget solution," he said in a statement.
Third Update: A spokeswoman for the governor says that all of the members of the Council of State and elected judges will take the cut.