Esperanza "Hope" Andrade sumitted her resignation to Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday, effective Friday the 23rd.
In a message from his press office, Gov. Perry issued the following statement:
“As the first Latina Secretary of State, Hope has a permanent place in our state’s history books and her personal commitment to making Texas a place of unlimited opportunity will leave a lasting impression on our state’s future. Her leadership was fundamental during five successful statewide elections, and we will all be blessed by her work to promote the Texas success story around the country and around the world. I’m thankful for her service and I’m proud to call her a friend. I wish her all the best as she continues to make our state a better place.”
According to her biography, Andrade was the 107th Secretary of State for the State of Texas, appointed by Gov. Perry, and was sworn into office on July 23rd, 2008.
A press release from Andrade's office shared this quote:
“It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve as the Secretary of State for the greatest state in our nation,” said Secretary Andrade. “I am truly humbled by the trust and confidence Governor Perry placed in me nearly four and a half years ago and will forever be grateful for the opportunity to represent Texas in this esteemed office.”