Secretary of State Hope Andrade resigns, says post was ‘highest honor of my professional life’

Texas state Capitol

Hope Andrade, who oversaw five elections over the past four years as Texas Secretary of State, is resigning, effective Friday.

Andrade, 63, felt it was the right time to move on after the Nov. 6 statewide election, her spokesman, Rich Parsons, told Associated Press this afternoon. She submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Perry today.

“It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve as the Secretary of State for the greatest state in our nation,” Andrade said in a press release. “I am truly humbled by the trust and confidence Governor Perry placed in me nearly four-and-a-half years ago and will forever be grateful for the opportunity to represent Texas in this esteemed office.”

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“As the first Latina Secretary of State, Hope has a permanent place in our state’s history books,” Perry said in his own release. “Her leadership was fundamental during five successful statewide elections. I’m thankful for her service, and I’m proud to call her a friend. I wish her all the best as she continues to make our state a better place.”

Andrade was active in promoting voter registration and rigorous in following state law in maintaining the integrity of voter rolls.

She defended, but put a temporary halt to, the purging of the names of dead voters from the rolls prior to the November election after critics objected to a change in the method mandated by the Legislature.

Andrade is the former chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission and a longtime businesswoman in San Antonio.

Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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