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Geoffrey Connor will become Texas’ 104th secretary of state, Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday.
Connor has served as assistant secretary of state since 2001 and led numerous international trade missions under two previous secretaries of state.
As secretary of state, Connor will serve as the state’s chief elections officer and is the liaison for the governor on border and Mexican affairs.
Former Secretary of State Gwyn Shea resigned August 4 to spend more time with family, according to a letter Shea sent to Gov. Perry in July.
The office of secretary of state also is the repository for official and business records, publishes government rules and regulations, and attests to the governor’s signature on official documents.
“ With the merger of the Texas Department of Economic Development in to the Governor’s Office, Geoff’s experience in international affairs will be a strong asset,” Perry says.
Connor previously worked as senior counsel in the energy section of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Connor received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Southwest Texas State University and a law degree from the University of Texas.
Perry also announced the appointment of Luis Saenz as assistant secretary of state. Saenz most recently served as a senior advisor for community affairs to the governor, working with local elected officials, community groups and business organizations across the state.
Before joining the Perry administration, Saenz was executive assistant to Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. He also has served on the legislative staffs of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, former Sen. Phil Gramm and Congressman Henry Bonilla.