AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos on Thursday announced his resignation.

  • Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos announced his resignation
  • Last day is December 15
  • Gov. Greg Abbott will nominate a successor

Pablos Thursday notified Texas Gov. Greg Abbot of his departure and stated his last day will be December 15.

"With the midterm elections successfully behind us, and the 86th legislative session around the corner, I believe this would be a good time to begin the process of transitioning out of my position and passing the baton to the next secretary of state,” Pablos said. “Serving Texans as secretary of state has been the opportunity of a lifetime, but I feel the need at this time to turn my attention to my private practice."

“Rolando Pablos has been a dedicated public servant who has done an exceptional job upholding the integrity of our election system,” Abbott said. “He has strengthened Texas’s standing on the international stage by fostering our cultural and economic ties with countries around the world."

Abbott will nominate a successor to serve as Texas' 112th secretary of state.