Gov. Rick Perry today named Phil Wilson as Texas' 106th Secretary of State. As secretary, Wilson will serve as the state's chief elections officer, the governor's liaison on border and Mexican affairs, and Texas' chief protocol officer. The Office of Secretary of State also serves as the formal repository for official and business records, publishes government rules and regulations, and attests to the governor's signature on official documents. Wilson's appointment takes effect July 1.
"In addition to his responsibilities as secretary of state, Phil will continue to serve as my designee on the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund. In this role, he will continue his leadership of the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism," said Perry. "Phil's new role will allow my office to coordinate with the Office of Secretary of State in a seamless way to expand trade, economic development, emerging technology initiatives in the private sector and higher education, and workforce development."
As deputy chief of staff for Governor Perry, Wilson has overseen the governor's initiatives in economic development, job creation, federal funding issues, military base realignment and closure, and policy development. He has served as the governor's designee on the $200 million Emerging Technology Fund and the $185 million Texas Enterprise Fund to recruit business to the state. While serving in this post, the Texas Enterprise Fund has leveraged $10 billion in capital investment and 45,000 jobs. Wilson has also led public relations and media strategies for the $20 million annual Texas tourism campaigns.
Previously, Wilson worked as Gov. Perry's Director of Communications from 2002-2003, and as State Director for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm.
Wilson graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a degree in political science and history in 1990, and received a master of business administration degree from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in Dallas. He received the Tomorrow's Leaders Today Award, the George Skiles Anderson Award as Outstanding Male Graduate, and was named to Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities while at Hardin-Simmons.
"Phil Wilson is an extraordinary leader and a strong manager," Perry said. "He has a keen ability to make decisions and get results, and I know he will apply those skills successfully for the people of Texas."
Wilson lives in Austin with his wife Kristen Kincaid Wilson.
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