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Texas Secretary of State

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Texas Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $26,214,760
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves concurrent with appointing governor
Authority:  Texas Constitution, Article 4, Section 21
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Nandita Berry
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 7, 2014
Compensation:  $125,880
Other Texas Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralComptrollerAuditorEducation CommissionerAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerLand CommissionerWorkforce CommissionPublic Utility CommissionRailroad Commission
The Texas Secretary of State is an appointed position in the U.S. state of Texas. The secretary of state is appointed by the governor, with confirmation by the Senate. The secretary's duties include: serving as Chief Election Officer for Texas, assisting county election officials, ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws throughout Texas. Additionally, the secretary publishes government rules and regulations and commissions notaries public. The secretary of state is the keeper of the state seal.

Current officeholder

On December 19, 2013, Gov. Perry named Houston lawyer Nandita Berry to succeed John Steen, who announced his resignation earlier in the month. Berry assumed the position on January 7, 2014.[1]


Article 4, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution establishes an office of Secretary of State:

There shall be a Secretary of State, who shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall continue in office during the term of service of the Governor.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


Article 4, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution defines certain duties of the Secretary of State:

He shall authenticate the publication of the laws, and keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor, and shall, when required, lay the same and all papers, minutes and vouchers relative thereto, before the Legislature, or either House thereof, and shall perform such other duties as may be required of him by law.

Further, Article 4, Section 19 of the Texas Constitution names the Secretary of State as the keeper of the State Seal:

There shall be a Seal of the State which shall be kept by the Secretary of State, and used by him officially under the direction of the Governor.


  • Elections Division:

The Secretary of State’s Elections Division provides assistance and advice to election officials on the proper conduct of elections.

  • Corporations Division:

The Corporations Section is responsible for the receipt, filing and permanent maintenance and retention of documents that create or affect business organizations and non-profit entities.

  • Business and Public Filings Division:

The Business and Public Filings Division consists of four different sections that maintain filings and records related to Texas corporations, financial and banking transactions, executive branch commissions, Legislative mandates, and other public organizations.[2]


See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

The Secretary of State for Texas is an appointed statewide position chosen by the governor "with the advice and consent of the Senate." The officer selected for this position serves for the same length of time as that of the governor. There are no term limits for this office. (Texas Constitution, Article IV § 21)


The Texas Secretary of State is appointed by the Governor of Texas. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints the replacement with the advice of the Senate.

State budget

See also: Texas state budget and finances

The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $26,214,760.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article 4, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution states that the secretary of state "shall receive for his services an annual salary in an amount to be fixed by the Legislature."


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $125,880, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the Texas Secretary of State was paid an estimated $125,880. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2012, the secretary of state was paid an estimated $125,880. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


The 2010 annual salary for the Texas Secretary of State was $125,880.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, Texas 78711-2887

Phone: (512) 463-5600

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