Houston attorney Nandita Berry is Gov. Rick Perry’s choice to replace John Steen as Texas secretary of state. An immigrant from India, she will be the first Indian-American to serve as the state’s chief election officer, the governor’s liaison on border and Mexican affairs, and the state’s chief protocol officer for state and international matters. The office is also the repository for official state and business records.
“Nandita Berry personifies what is possible through hard work and dedication in the state of Texas,” Gov. Perry said in a statement. “Arriving from India at the age of 21 with nothing but $200 to her name, she worked diligently to earn her law degree and has since become one of the most accomplished attorneys in the state. Her work ethic, intelligence and wide array of experiences will serve her capably in her new duties as secretary of state, and I look forward to working with her to keep Texas the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family.”
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