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:  Carlos H. Cascos
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  March 7, 2015
Compensation:  $125,880
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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 state 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

The current officeholder is Republican Carlos H. Cascos. He was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on November 11, 2014, and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on February 18, 2015.[1] Cascos, a former Cameron County judge, assumed office on March 7, 2015.[2]


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 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.[3]


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

Under Article IV, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution, the Texas Secretary of State 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.


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 state 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.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Texas Statutes Title 6, Chapter 659

The secretary of state, along with the rest of Texas' executive officers, is entitled by Article 4, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution to receive an annual salary, pursuant to Title 6, Section 659.011 of the Texas Statutes. The legislature was empowered to set the salaries of executive branch officers by a 1954 constitutional amendment. Prior to that, the constitution stipulated the salary amounts paid to each officer.[5] The amounts are fixed by the biennial General Approprations Act.


In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $125,880, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2013, the secretary received a salary of $125,880, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2012, the secretary received a salary of $125,880, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the secretary received a salary of $125,880.[8]

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
E-mail: secretary@sos.state.tx.us

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