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Texas State Auditor
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $18,528,611
Term limits:  None
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Legislative Audit Committee
Current Officeholder

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Name:  John Keel
Assumed office:  December 2004
Compensation:  $198,000
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The Texas Auditor is a state executive position in the Texas state government. As the independent auditor for the state of Texas, the State Auditor's Office (SAO) conducts audits, investigations, and reviews of entities receiving state funds - including state agencies, departments, and universities. [1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is John Keel.


The Auditor's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 321 of the Texas Government Code.

Chapter 321 Section 5:

The committee shall appoint a State Auditor to investigate all custodians of state funds, disbursing agents, and department



Chapter 321 of the Texas Government Code establishes the requirements for office:

Section 6, Chapter 321:

To be eligible for appointment as State Auditor, a person must have unquestioned integrity and moral character and must have had at least five years experience: (1) as a certified public accountant in this or another state; and (2) in a professional or administrative position a major duty of which involved fiscal management, the review of fiscal management, or the auditing or review of operational efficiency or program performance.[3]


The State Auditor is appointed by the Legislative Audit Committee - a six-member oversight committee that consists of the Speaker of the House, Lieutenant Governor, one member of the Senate appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee, House Appropriations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. Appointment is done in accordance with Chapter 321 of the Texas Government Code.


Any vacancies in the office of State Auditor are filled by the Legislative Audit Committee. [4]


The primary role of the State Auditor is to conduct audits, investigations, and reviews of entities receiving state funds - including state agencies, departments, and universities.[5]

Section 13 of Chapter 321 of the Texas Government Code establishes the powers and duties of the auditor:

"(a) The State Auditor shall conduct audits of all departments, including institutions of higher education, as specified in the audit plan. At the direction of the committee, the State Auditor shall conduct an audit or investigation of any entity receiving funds from the state.

(c) The State Auditor shall recommend the audit plan for the state for each year to the committee.

(f) The State Auditor may conduct financial audits, compliance audits and investigations, and, with specific authority from the committee, economy and efficiency audits, effectiveness audits, and special audits as defined by this chapter and specified in the audit plan.

(h) The State Auditor may not conduct audits of private entities concerning collection or remittance of taxes or fees to the state if the entity is subject to audit by another state agency for the taxes or fees.

(j) In devising the audit plan under Subsection (c), the State Auditor shall perform risk assessments as required by law. The process of assessing risks to the state is the first stage of auditing, and all records of risk assessment are part of the working papers of the State Auditor."[6]


  • Audit And Review Division
  • Special Investigations Unit [7]

State budget

The budget for the State Auditor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $18,528,611.[8]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the state auditor was paid an estimated $198,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Texas State Auditor was paid an estimated $198,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

Since 1943, Texas has had 4 state auditors.

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Between the years of 1929 and 1943 Texas had 7 state auditor and efficiency experts.

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Contact information

Physical address: Robert E. Johnson,Sr. Building
1501 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Mailing address: P.O. Box 12067
Austin, TX

Phone: 512/936-9500
Fax: 512/936-9400

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