AUSTIN, Texas — According to a story by the Austin-American Statesman, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley has delivered his letter of resignation to Governor Greg Abbott.

The resignation comes on the final day of the Texas legislative session.

The letter sent to Gov. Abbott can be found below:

"Dear Governor Abbott,

Effective immediately, I resign my position as Secretary of State. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve Texas. Working alongside the employees in the secretary of state's office, county election officials, and representatives of our #1 trading partner, Mexico, has been my distinct honor and privilege. And to have your trust in doing so goes beyond what I ever dreamed of as a kid growing up in a small South Texas community.

Texas is a grand place, full of grand people and ideas. During my time as Secretary of State, I've had the chance to experience the best of our state and its people. I met with county election officials and high school principals to talk about ways to increase youth participation in elections. I visited eight international border crossings with Mexico and presided over a meeting of the Border Trade Advisory Committee to discuss the commerce that we share with our friend to the south and to improve efficiency. And I built a bridge for opposing voices to engage in dialogue to improve election integrity and access.

I am forever indebted to Texas for all it has done for my family and me. Thank you again for this incredible chance to make it a better place."

Whitley was appointed as Secretary of State by Gov. Abbott in 2018.


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