Secretary of State David Whitley resigned as the Senate neared its final adjournment without confirming his nomination.

David Whitley


In a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Whitley thanked him for “this incredible chance” to make Texas “a better place.” Whitley said “working alongside the employees in the secretary of state’s office, county election officials” and representatives of Mexico, the state’s biggest trade partner, were a “distinct honor and privilege … beyond what I ever dreamed as a kid growing up in a small South Texas community.”

Whitley was nominated in December 2018, succeeding Rolando Pablos. He was opposed by all 12 Democratic senators following his office’s efforts to have county voter registrars investigate up to 95K registered voters who might be non-citizens. The guidance has since been rescinded following legal action.

“I built a bridge for opposing voices to engage in a dialogue to improve election integrity and access,” Whitley wrote.

In a letter accepting Whitley’s resignation, Abbott said, “Texas has been fortunate to have you represent us as Secretary of State. I have no doubt that you will continue to find ways to serve Texas.”

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