Alamo Heights businessman John Steen is resigning next month as Texas Secretary of State, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Steen, who is an attorney and investor, oversaw the implementation of the state's new Photo ID law in the first statewide election, traveling tirelessly across Texas to talk with local elections officials about the new law. After the election, Steen said not a single registered and lawful voter was prevented from casting a ballot by the law, which was approved by the Legislature in 2011, and allowed to take effect when the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Title V of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in June.
"I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Gov. Rick Perry for appointing me as Secretary of State, and for his steadfast support during my time in this office," Steen said.
Steen also pointed to his consolidation of the Secretary of State's office into a single office building, the upcoming redevelopment of the statewide voter registration database, and increasing agency productivity without increasing staff.
The Secretary of State is purely under the authority of the governor. Gov. Perry is expected to select a successor to Steen in the coming weeks.
The last two Secretaries of State have come from Bexar County. Steen succeeded Hope Andrade, a local community leader, in that post.