Gov. Abbott Appoints New Secretary of State After Months of Vacancy

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  • Source: The Texan
  • 10/21/2021
Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he is appointing John Scott to be the new secretary of state nearly five months after the previous officeholder, Ruth Hughs, resigned when the state Senate failed to confirm her nomination.“

John Scott is a proven leader with a passion for public service, and his decades of experience in election law and litigation make him the ideal choice for the Texas Secretary of State,” said Abbott in a press release.'

“John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage. I am confident that John’s experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country. I am proud to appoint John as the Texas Secretary of State and look forward to working alongside him to ensure Texas remains the best state in the nation.”

Under the Texas Constitution, the secretary of state “shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,” and “continue in office during the term of service of the Governor.”