San Antonio lawyer John T. Steen Jr. is Texas’ new Secretary of State. Steen’s appointment is effective today. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, who writes in a press release announcing the appointment that Steen’s “strong business background and dedication to public service throughout the years make him uniquely qualified to serve in this important role.”
Steen, a solo practitioner, did not return a telephone messages left at his law office in San Antonio or at the Secretary of State’s office in Austin.
However, in the press release from the governor’s office, Steen writes he is “humbled and deeply honored” to serve Texas as secretary of state. “I look forward to promoting the Texas success story to create more economic opportunities for our citizens and continuing to work with our neighbor, Mexico, toward a prosperous future. As chief elections office, I will make it my highest priority to preserve the integrity of our election and ensure they are fair, accessible and secure.”
Steen succeeds Hope Andrade, who resigned as of Nov. 23.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys