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Biography of Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos

Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos

In January 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Rolando Pablos as the 111th Texas Secretary of State. Secretary Pablos is one of six state officials named by the Texas Constitution to form the Executive Department of the State. In addition to serving as Chief Election Officer for Texas, Secretary Pablos is also senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Border and Mexican Affairs, and is the state’s Chief International Protocol Officer.

A former utility regulator, Secretary Pablos is an economic development expert who understands the importance of leveraging strategic community capacity building for purposes of attracting investment to Texas. As a state official, and in his private practice, he has played critical roles in the advancement of direct investment, international relations and trade with Texas’ partners across the globe. Secretary Pablos is a strong advocate for North American manufacturing integration and cross-border collaboration among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has also served as Honorary Consul to Spain, where he worked to ensure the formation and development of business and diplomatic relationships between Texas and Spain.

Throughout his career, Secretary Pablos has been heavily involved with efforts designed to help bring prosperity to his community. His passion for public service and education has led him to serve on countless nonprofit and governmental boards and commissions. Secretary Pablos has been instrumental in the success of many community development projects designed to improve quality of life, deliver educational opportunities and help bring prosperity to the people of Texas.

After obtaining a B.A. from St. Mary's University, Secretary Pablos earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business, and an M.H.M. from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. He subsequently earned a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 2000.

Mr. Pablos and his wife, Dr. Laura San Martin, live in Austin with their four children: Cristina, David, Mia and Andrea.