Governor Abbott Appoints Trump Lawyer as Secretary of State

Tom Handy

In Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed John Scott as the next secretary of state.

In the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump briefly worked with John Scott to help challenge President Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.

After Scott signed on to represent Trump and challenge the Pennsylvania election results, Scott and two other lawyers filed a motion to withdraw a few days later. They felt Trump would best be served by other lawyers.

On Thursday, Yahoo News reported Governor Abbott's statement:

”John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage. I am confident that John's experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country. I am proud to appoint John as the Texas Secretary of State and look forward to working alongside him to ensure Texas remains the best state in the nation."

President Trump called on Abbott to audit the 2020 Texas Presidential election even though President Trump won the state.

Scott is the former deputy attorney general for civil litigation under Abbott. If confirmed by the senate, Scott would be the chief acting officer overseeing the governor’s efforts to review election laws in Texas.

Abbott mentioned Scott in a statement:

“John Scott is a proven leader with a passion for public service, and his decades of experience in election law and litigation make him the ideal choice for the Texas Secretary of State."

If approved, Scott will be the senior advisor and liaison to Governor Abbott. According to The Week, he will also be responsible for overseeing Texas elections and running the review.

The last secretary of state was Ruth Hayes who resigned in May 2021 when the Texas Senate declined to take her nomination.

The senate will appoint or reject John Scott at the next regular legislative session in January 2022. Scott's responsibilities include running the review and overseeing Texas elections.

As an attorney for 33 years, Scott previously served as the Texas Deputy attorney general for civil litigation and served in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Previously Abbott appointed Scott to chair the board for the Department of Information Resources.

Scott’s nomination will likely face some push back from Democrats. Democrats and voting rights organizations have enounced Scott's appointment. The Texas associate director for Common Cause, Stephanie Gomez, criticized Governor Abbott for picking someone to oversee the 2022 elections who does not have to face confirmation hearings.

She said Scott is a "completely unsuitable nominee."

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