San Antonio attorney John T. Steen Jr. was named Texas’ secretary of state Tuesday by Gov. Rick Perry, the latest shuffle in top offices before the Legislature convenes in January.
“John’s strong business background and dedication to public service throughout the years make him uniquely qualified to serve in this important role,” Perry said in a statement. “His leadership over our state’s elections process, economic development efforts and international relations will be an integral part of Texas’ goal to expand economic prosperity and opportunity for all Texans.”
Steen, who has previously served as chairman of the governing boards of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said he looks forward to his new role.
“As chief elections officer, I will make it my highest priority to preserve the integrity of our elections and ensure they are fair, accessible and secure.”