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|John T. Steen, Jr.|
|Texas Secretary of State|
|November 27, 2012-January 7, 2014|
|Predecessor||Hope Andrade (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||November 27, 2012|
|Appointed by||Governor Rick Perry (R)|
|J.D.||University of Texas School of Law|
|Service/branch||Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve|
The Secretary of State is one of six state officials that make up the Texas Executive Department. The roles of the office include chief election officer, chief international protocol officer and Border Commerce Coordinator.
A lawyer by trade, Steen was working in private practice when he was appointed as secretary of state. He had previously served in government as a commissioner with the Department of Public Safety and commissioner with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Steen earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he became a member of the Texas Bar Association. He is now a life fellow of the Texas Bar, as well as a fellow of the San Antonio Bar Association.
Steen served in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of lieutenant.
Before his appointment as secretary of state in late 2012, Steen was working as an attorney in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1998, he was appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a role he served in until 2008, when Gov. Perry appointed him to the Texas Public Safety Commission.
- Bachelor's degree, Princeton University
- J.D., University of Texas School of Law
Texas Secretary of State (2012-present)
Steen took office as secretary of state of Texas on November 27, 2012 following the resignation of previously officeholder Hope Andrade. He was first appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and confirmed by the Texas Senate on February 20, 2013. He is 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.
Steen is the third San Antonian to serve in the position.
Steen was appointed the 108th Secretary of State of Texas by Gov. Rick Perry on November 27, 2012, and confirmed by the State Senate February 20, 2013. Steen succeeded resigned elections chief Hope Andrade, who vacated the seat on November 23, 2012 to return to her work as an entrepreneur.
In 1998, Steen was appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a role he served in until 2008.
Steen currently resides in San Antonio with Ida Louise "Weisie" Clement, his wife of more than 30 years. They have three children together and two grandchildren.
Steen's father, John Thomas Steen Sr., spent most of his life in public service. A city councilman, Steen Sr. led 17 civic organizations during his lifetime.
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- Office of the Governor of Texas, "Press Release: Gov. Perry Names Steen Texas Secretary of State," November 27, 2012
- The Bay Area Citizen, "Secretary of State John Steen's appointment confirmed by Texas Senate," February 20, 2013 (dead link)
- Texas Tribune, "Texas Secretary of State Steen Resigns," December 13, 2013
- CBS Local, "Nandita Berry Named New Texas Secretary Of State," December 19, 2013
- Texas Secretary of State, "Secretary of State John Steen’s Appointment Confirmed by Texas Senate," February 20, 2013
- Texas Secretary of State, " Biography of Secretary of State John Steen," accessed June 12, 2013
- My San Antonio, "Secretary of State Steen takes the reins in Austin," March 3, 2013
- The American Statesman, "Steen named Texas Secretary of State," November 27, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "John Steen Biography," accessed November 27, 2012
Hope Andrade (R)
|Texas Secretary of State
2012 - 2014
| Succeeded by|
Nandita Berry (R)