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Biography of Deputy Secretary of State Jose A. "Joe" Esparza

Photograph of Deputy Secretary Jose A. "Joe" Esparza

Jose A. "Joe" Esparza was sworn in as Texas Deputy Secretary of State on December 14, 2018. Esparza previously served as a Senior Appointments Manager in the office of the Governor, overseeing numerous gubernatorial appointments during Governor Abbott's first term.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Esparza earned a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Communications. Esparza received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps and is a Veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, having served in Iraq.