DAT Statement on Secretary of State Speech

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Direct Action Texas commends Secretary of State David Whitley’s remarks kicking off the legislative session.

This week the legislature convened and the opening ceremonies in the House were led by the newly appointed Secretary. In carrying out his duties, calling the legislature to order, Whitley took time to highlight his offices’ duty administering our electoral process.

Notably, election administration was prioritized, a departure from recent prior speeches by Whitley’s predecessors.

Little is known about the specific actions his office will pursue in 2019. What’s known is his appointment comes at a time when Texans are becoming increasingly aware of the office and its importance. In December, a coalition of Grassroots conservatives called on the governor and Whitley to work aggressively on a list of needed reforms.

Following the speech, Direct Action Texas’ Executive Director Daniel Greer said, “we look forward to learning more about Mr. Whitley’s agenda in the days and weeks ahead of his nomination hearing.”

During his speech, Whitely offered himself up as a resource for those at the vanguard of the fight for election accuracy, the 254 county officials charged with carrying out elections and members of the legislature.

Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in December, Whitley will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

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