The Texas secretary of state is an appointed position, and voters do not elect a candidate for this office. The governor appoints the secretary of state and the state senate confirms the appointment.
As of 2015, the Texas secretary of state is Carlos H. Cascos. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in 2014 and subsequently confirmed with the advice and consent of the state senate in 2015.
Article 4, Section 21 of the Texas Constitution details the duties and responsibilities of the secretary of state, which include serving as chief election officer for Texas, safeguarding the orderly application and interpretation of election laws, and publishing rules and regulations. The office of the secretary of state is not subject to term limits, and the person selected to the position serves for the same amount of time as the governor.