Secretary of State of Texas

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Secretary of State of Texas
Seal of the Texas secretary of state
Jane Nelson
since January 5, 2023[1]
AppointerThe governor
with Senate advice and consent
FormationMarch 18, 1836
First holderSamuel Price Carson

The secretary of state of Texas is one of the six members of the executive department of the State of Texas in the United States. Under the Constitution of Texas, the appointment is made by the governor of Texas, with confirmation by the Texas Senate.

The officeholder is the chief elections officer, the protocol officer for state and international matters, as well as 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 secretary of state elections office is on the second floor of the James Earl Rudder Building.[3] The executive offices are in Room 1E.8 in the Texas State Capitol.[4][5][6]


The James Earl Rudder State Office Building, housing Secretary of State offices, is a National Registered Historic Place.[7][discuss]
The Thomas Jefferson Rusk State Office Building has the elections office.

Under the Texas Constitution the secretary of state is, with the governor, the lieutenant governor, the 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 and maintains public filings; the officeholder is the keeper of the Seal of the State of Texas.[8] The Secretary of State also issues appointments for notaries public.[9]


The "Father of Texas", Stephen F. Austin, was appointed Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas by President Sam Houston in 1836.[10]

Since then, Texas became a state of the United States in 1845 and there have been 115 Secretaries of State.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Appointment of Secretary Nelson by Governor Abbott" (PDF). January 5, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "About the Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  4. ^ "SOS Map and Driving Directions to the Texas Secretary of State Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Thomas Jefferson Rusk Building." State Office of Risk Management. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Transmitting Documents to the Secretary of State." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings --January 16, 1998". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Constitutional Duties." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Government Code Chapter 406. Notary Public; Commissioner of Deeds". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. ^ "History of the Office." Secretary of State of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.

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