AUSTIN - Roger Williams announced Monday that he is leaving his position as

Texas Secretary of State to pursue other opportunities.

Williams’

resignation will be effective July 1.

“I am very humbled and appreciative that Gov. Perry gave me this

incredible opportunity to serve as Texas’ secretary of state,” Williams

said. “The secretary of state is a great office with a rich tradition and I

hope that I played a small role in continuing to ensure that Texas is the

best place in America to live, vote and do business.”

During his tenure as secretary of state, Williams worked aggressively with

the governor to promote job creation and economic development throughout

Texas. He served as the chair of the Governor’s Partnership Council on

Economic Development working to bring more business and jobs to Texas. He

also led numerous business recruitment missions around the United States

through TexasOne, a privately funded program designed to market the state of

Texas to companies and site selectors. Additionally, he led missions to

Mexico, Canada and Japan to promote trade and increase Texas’ position as

the leading exporting state in the nation.

“Roger Williams has been an incredible salesman for the state of Texas and

his leadership will be missed,” Perry said. “He has been a tremendous asset

to the state on elections, economic development, border affairs and a host

of other issues. I am proud of the work he has done during his term as

secretary of state and, more importantly, proud to call him a friend.”

During the last two and a half years, Williams managed a variety of

responsibilities, including leading Texas to be among the first states in

the nation to comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; serving as the

chair of the Base Realignment and Closure Response Strike Force, a group

consisting of representatives of 14 state agencies, boards and commissions

working to minimize the impact of BRAC on the state of Texas; acting as

senior advisor and liaison to the governor for Texas Border and Mexican

Affairs; and serving as chief international protocol officer for Texas

hosting foreign officials and businesses from around the world.