AUSTIN - Roger Williams announced Monday that he is leaving his position as
Texas Secretary of State to pursue other opportunities.
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.