Hope Andrade

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Hope Andrade
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Texas Workforce Commission
Incumbent
In office
March 2013-present
Term ends
February 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyNon-partisan
PredecessorTom Pauken
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 2013
Appointed byGovernor of Texas Rick Perry
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas Secretary of State
2008-2012
Texas Transportation Commission
2003-2008
Personal
BirthdayJuly 1, 1949
Websites
Office website
Esperanza “Hope” Andrade (b. July 1, 1949) is a current member of the Texas Workforce Commission, the nonpartisan state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.[1] Andrade was appointed to the three member statewide commission by Governor Rick Perry in March 2013 to fill the vacancy left by commissioner Tom Pauken's recent resignation. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.[2] If approved, her term will expire February 1, 2015.

Andrade, a Republican, previously served as the Texas Secretary of State. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry on July 23, 2008 and resigned on November 23, 2012.[3] Andrade was the sixth individual and the second woman to have served in this position since Perry assumed the governorship in December 2000. She was also the first Hispanic woman to hold the office in the state's history. As Texas Secretary of State, Andrade served as Texas’ chief elections officer, chief international protocol officer and Mexican Border Commerce Coordinator for the Governor.

Before entering politics, Andrade was an entrepreneur and business leader in San Antonio.

Andrade's term as commissioner will expire February 1, 2015.[4]

Biography

Prior to serving in state office, Andrade was an entrepreneur and leader in the San Antonio business community for more than three decades. Her associated contributions earned her accolades from many community organizations, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hope for Children Esperanza Award, the San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame award, and the Small Business Advocate of the Year award from the Small Business Administration.

Her leadership roles in San Antonio cover a wide range of commercial and cultural causes. These roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Board Member, Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio
  • Board Member/Vice Chair, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Our Lady of the Lakes Board of Trustees
  • Board Member/Former Chair, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, San Antonio Symphony
  • Board Member, United Way of San Antonio

Education

  • Our Lady of the Lake University[5]
  • University of Incarnate Word
  • Entrepreneurship Program, University of Texas at San Antonio

Political career

Texas Workforce Commission (2013-present)

Andrade was appointed to the Texas Workforce Commission by Governor Rick Perry in March 2013 to replace previous officeholder and commission chairman Tom Pauken. Her appointment is unofficial pending confirmation by the State Senate.[2] If approved, Andrade's term will expire February 1, 2015.

Texas Secretary of State (2008-2012)

Andrade was appointed by Governor Rick Perry and sworn into office on July 23, 2008. Her predecessor, Phil Wilson, resigned to "pursue other opportunities."[6] Andrade resigned on November 23, 2012 after the general election, the fifth and final she would oversee as the state's chief election officer.[3]

Andrade was the sixth individual and the second woman to have served in this position since Perry assumed the governorship in December 2000. She was also the first Hispanic woman to hold the office in the state's history. As Texas Secretary of State, Andrade served as Texas’ chief elections officer, chief international protocol officer and Mexican Border Commerce Coordinator for the Governor.

Issues

Voter education

In April, 2012, Andrade launched a voter education program called "Make your Mark on Texas" whose purpose is to encourage understanding of and participation in the 2012 election-cycle through awareness-raising social media activities. According to Andrade, the program is "about busting perpetuated myths and separating fact from fiction when it comes to the voting process.”[7] It includes updates to VoteTexas.gov website with enhanced voter-registration and information features, a new "Vote Texas" smart phone application, and a multimedia advertising blitz. Secretary Andrade will also embark on a statewide tour around the state in preparation for the May 29 Primary election, and then retrace her steps in the fall before the General election.

Texas Transportation Commission (2003-2008)

In 2003 she was appointed to the Texas Transportation Commission by Governor of Texas Rick Perry. In 2008, she was appointed interim chair of the commission.

Appointments

2008

Andrade was appointed by Governor Rick Perry and sworn into office on July 23, 2008.

2003

In 2003 she was appointed to the Texas Transportation Commission by Governor of Texas Rick Perry. In 2008, she was appointed interim chair of the commission.

Personal

Secretary Andrade resides in San Antonio with her husband of 43 years, and has a son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandsons. Her accomplishments balancing family and her professional duties have earned her the title of Woman of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Woman's Transportation Seminar, and Mother of the Year by Avance.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Pauken
Texas Workforce Commission
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Phil Wilson (R)
Texas Secretary of State
2008–2012
Succeeded by
John Steen (R)