Governor Greg Abbott has tapped one of his key administrative officials to become the next elections chief in Texas.
This week, Abbott announced the selection of David Whitley to become the new Texas Secretary of State. Whitley, Abbott’s deputy chief of staff, will replace the outgoing Rolando Pablos, who is stepping down after nearly two years at the office’s helm.
Texas’ Secretary of State has many duties, but perhaps the most visible among them is his or her role as the state’s top elections official. In this capacity, the office enforces most rules, outside of campaign finance, that deal with filings and operations of elections, locally and across the state.