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Abbott nominates Pablos as Texas’ Secretary of State


Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December 2015. Because Abbott nominated Pablos during a legislative interim, the Texas Constitution requires the Senate to conduct a confirmation hearing and vote on the appointment during the first 10 days of the next session of the Legislature. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 10. Confirmation would make Pablos Texas’ 111th secretary of state.

In accepting the appointment, Pablos said, “I am humbled and honored that Gov. Abbott has placed confidence in me to faithfully execute those duties. I look forward to serving on behalf of all Texas communities and demonstrating my unwavering dedication to the responsibilities of the office.”

Secretary Cascos, whose resignation takes effect Wednesday, Jan. 4, was Abbott’s first appointee after being sworn in as governor in January 2015. Abbott thanked Cascos, saying, “I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to Secretary Cascos for his service and dedication to the people of Texas, and for strengthening our partnerships across the globe.”

The secretary of state serves as:

¢Chief election officer for Texas

¢Keeper of the state seal

¢Attestor to the governor’s signature on official documents

¢Senior advisor and liaison to the governor for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs

¢Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas.

The Office of the Secretary of State is the repository for certain official and business and commercial records, it publishes government rules and regulations and commissions notaries public.

Pablos, co-founder and chief executive of Uriel Americas, formerly served as chief executive of the Borderplex Alliance, a bi-national economic development organization based on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ed Sterling is the director of member services for the Texas Press Association in Austin.... Contact him at 512-477-6755 or

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