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John Steen Jr. Named Texas Secretary Of State
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed John Steen Jr. of San Antonio as the next Secretary of State.
He takes office immediately. Former Secretary of State Hope Andrade resigned effective Friday.
Steen is an attorney and past board member of the Texas Public Safety Commission. He was also chairman of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Steen received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
“I am humbled and deeply honored by Gov. Perry’s appointment to serve Texas as its 108th Secretary of State,” said Secretary Steen. “Serving the State of Texas is an extraordinary privilege."
As secretary, Steen will serve as the state’s chief elections officer, the governor’s liaison on border and Mexican affairs, and Texas’ chief protocol officer for state and international matters.
The Secretary of State’s Office also serves as the formal repository for official and business records, publishes government rules and regulations, keeps the state seal and attests to the governor’s signature on official documents.
(File Photo from Texas Governor's Office)