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The Office of the Secretary of State
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 11/28/2012 Views: 1555  Impressions: 6285
Categories: Politics

Last week, the Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade announced her retirement from that office. Ms. Andrade was the first Latina to serve as secretary of state in Texas, and was the fourth-longest serving secretary. Andrade was appointed to the office by Governor Rick Perry in 2008. She has also previously served on the Texas Transportation Commission.
This week, the governor announced his appointment of San Antonio attorney John T. Steen Jr. to serve Secretary of State. Secretary Steen most recently served as a member of the Texas Public Safety Commission, but has been involved in governmental Commissioner Steen graduated with honors from Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Texas. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is an honor graduate of the Army’s Military Police School and twice has received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army. Secretary Steen is the 108th Secretary of State; the first Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas was Stephen F. Austin.
The Secretary serves as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas. The Corporations Section of the Office is responsible for the receipt, filing and retention of documents that create or affect business organizations and non-profit entities. The Secretary publishes government rules and regulations and commissions notaries. The Secretary also serves as keeper of the state seal and attestor to the Governor's signature on official documents. In addition, the Secretary serves as senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs, and serves as Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas. The Secretary will also preside over the Texas House of Representatives on the opening day of the legislative session.
For more information on the Office of the Secretary of State or any other matter of state government, please contact my office. You can contact me by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by e-mailing me at

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