Texas Secretary of State
|Texas Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$26,214,760|
|Length of term:||Serves concurrent with appointing governor|
|Authority:||Texas Constitution, Article 4, Section 21|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Name:||Carlos H. Cascos|
|Assumed office:||March 7, 2015|
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The current officeholder is 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. Cascos, a former Cameron County judge, assumed office on March 7, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- See also: Texas state budget and finances
The budget for the Secretary of State's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $26,214,760.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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. The amounts are fixed by the biennial General Approprations Act.
In 2010, the secretary received a salary of $125,880.
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Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, Texas 78711-2887
Phone: (512) 463-5600
- Texas Secretary of State, "Carlos Cascos confirmed as Texas Secretary of State," February 18, 2015
- Texas Secretary of State, "Carlos Cascos Sworn in as Secretary of State," March 7, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
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