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Biography of Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter, III

Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter, III

Coby Shorter, III is Texas' current Deputy Secretary of State and oversees the daily operations of the office, including elections, business and public filings and international affairs.

Most recently Shorter served as the deputy director of governmental appointments in the office of Governor Rick Perry, where he oversaw the appointments to state boards, commissions, councils, and task forces that advise the Governor or executive agencies on specific issues and policies.

Previous to his service in Governor Perry’s Office, Shorter served as the director for agriculture and conservation for former Governor George W. Bush, director for agribusiness development for the Texas Department of Agriculture, and as an aide to former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm.

A native of Eagle Lake, Shorter received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s in Christian leadership studies from Liberty University.

Shorter is a pastor and has served the Rosewood Avenue Baptist Church of Austin for more than nineteen years. He and his wife, Patricia, have one son.