John Steen

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John T. Steen, Jr.
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Texas Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
November 27, 2012-January 7, 2014
PredecessorHope Andrade (R)
Base salary$125,880
Elections and appointments
AppointedNovember 27, 2012
Appointed byGovernor Rick Perry (R)
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Military service
Service/branchLieutenant, U.S. Army Reserve
John T. Steen, Jr. was the 108th Secretary of State of Texas. Steen, a Republican, was appointed to the statewide office by Governor Rick Perry on November 27, 2012 to replace resigned former officeholder Hope Andrade.[1] His appointment was confirmed by the Texas State Senate on February 20, 2013.[2]

On December 13, 2013, Steen announced he would be resigning from the office in order to return to private law practice.[3] Nandita Berry took over for Steen on January 7, 2014.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]


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.[1]

During the 1980s, Steen, a Democrat at the time, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Bexar County Commissioners Court. He later lost an election for the seat to Lamar Smith (R).[7]

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.[7]


  • Bachelor's degree, Princeton University
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Political career

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.[2]

Steen is the third San Antonian to serve in the position.[7]



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.[2] Steen succeeded resigned elections chief Hope Andrade, who vacated the seat on November 23, 2012 to return to her work as an entrepreneur.[8]


Gov. Rick Perry appointed Steen to the Texas Public Safety Commission in 2008.[7]


In 1998, Steen was appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a role he served in until 2008.[7]


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.[9]

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.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hope Andrade (R)
Texas Secretary of State
2012 - 2014
Succeeded by
Nandita Berry (R)