Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of David Whitley as Texas Secretary of State. He currently serves as deputy chief of staff for the governor’s office. Whitley began working for then-Attorney General Abbott in 2004, serving in various roles including assistant deputy attorney general.

“Texans need a strong and experienced leader in the secretary of state, and David’s many years of public service combined with his outstanding legal background make him the ideal choice for this important position,” Attorney General Paxton said. “One of the main responsibilities of secretary of state is serving as chief elections administrator. I’m confident David will make it a priority to preserve and protect the integrity of our election system in Texas.”

A native of Alice, Texas, Whitley received his finance and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. During law school, he worked in the Texas Senate. Prior to becoming deputy chief of staff, Whitley served in Gov. Abbott’s administration as appointments director. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and volunteers in the UT Law Mentorship Program.