John Steen is Texas’ 108th Secretary of State and one of six state officials to form the Executive Department of the State of Texas.
Secretary Steen is an attorney and most recently served as a commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is also a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Commission on Economy and Efficiency in State Government as well as the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, where he served ten years, the last six as chairman. He is vice chairman of the University of Texas at San Antonio Development Board, trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and a member of the Distinguished Leaders Council and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is a member of the executive committee of the UT System Chancellor’s Council, a fellow of the San Antonio Bar Foundation, and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He was the 2007-08 president of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission. Secretary Steen graduated with honors from Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Texas. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is an honor graduate of the Army’s Military Police School and twice has received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army. Secretary Steen was recently named an honorary Texas Ranger Captain.
Secretary Steen resides in San Antonio with his wife of more than 30 years. Secretary and Mrs. Steen have three children.