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Biography of Secretary of State John B. Scott

Photograph of Secretary of State John B. Scott

John B. Scott was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as the 114th Texas Secretary of State on October 21, 2021. Secretary Scott has over 33 years of experience as an attorney, having successfully tried over 100 lawsuits and handled cases at the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Texas, as well as state and federal appellate and district courts, winning historic courtroom victories.

Previously, Scott served as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation for then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, overseeing all civil litigation, including over 22,000 lawsuits involving Texas.

Scott was subsequently appointed the first Chief Operating Officer of the Health and Human Services Commission, overseeing its 56,000 employees, and its over $50 billion biannual budget.

After returning to private practice, Governor Abbott appointed Scott as the Chair of the Board for the Department of Information Resources (DIR), where he developed the strategic plan for technology and security at Texas executive branch agencies and boards.

A passionate advocate for Texans and their businesses, Secretary Scott has worked with numerous global companies to help them expand their footprint in Texas and contribute to economic development in communities across the state.

Secretary Scott lives in Fort Worth and has offices in Austin. He has been married to his wife, Talley, for 34 years and has two sons, a daughter and a grandson.