Secretary of State of Texas

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Seal of the Secretary of State of Texas
Thomas Jefferson Rusk State Office Building has the elections office

The Texas Secretary of State is one of the six members of the executive department of the state of Texas, in the United States. Under the Texas Constitution, the appointment is made by the Governor, with confirmation by the Texas Senate. Nandita Berry is 109th person and the first Indian-American to hold the office. She was appointed by Rick Perry, and sworn in on January 7, 2014.

The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer, the protocol officer for state and international matters, and the liaison for the governor on Mexican and border matters.[2]

The Secretary of State offices are in the James Earl Rudder State Office Building at 1019 Brazos Street in Austin; the main building handles business and public filings, statutory documents, administrative code open meetings, and the UCC. The SOS elections office is on the third floor of the Thomas Jefferson Rusk State Office Building at 208 East 10th Street. The executive offices are in Room 1E.8 in the Texas State Capitol.[3][4][5]

Constitutional duties[edit]

Under the Texas Constitution the Secretary of State is, with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Commissioner of the Office of General Land and the Attorney General, one of the six members of the Executive Department. Of these offices all are elected by the voters in statewide elections except the Secretary of State, who is nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The Secretary of State administers the Texas Election Code, maintains public filings and keeps of the State Seal of Texas.[6]

History[edit]

The first Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, was appointed by Texas President Sam Houston in 1836.[7]

Since then, Texas became a state of the United States in 1845 and there have been 109 Secretaries of State.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weekly NRHP listings 1/16/1998
  2. ^ "About the Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "SOS Map and Driving Directions to the Texas Secretary of State Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Thomas Jefferson Rusk Building." State Office of Risk Management. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Transmitting Documents to the Secretary of State." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  6. ^ "Constitutional Duties." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "History of the Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.

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