Steen, a past chairman of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, was most recently a board member of the Texas Public Safety Commission. His job will entail overseeing elections throughout the state and activing as Perry's liasion to Mexico.
In a prepared statement, Steen said that serving the state "is an extraordinary privilege, and I look forward to promoting the Texas success story to create more economic opportunities for our citizens and continuing to work with our neighbor, Mexico, toward a prosperous future."
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