Bulletin Staff Report
AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson is stepping down to go to work for a Dallas-based energy company, he announced Thursday. His last day will be July 6.
Wilson, a native of Brownwood, said he will begin his new job as Luminant’s senior vice president of public affairs on July 7.
Luminant is a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, formerly TXU Corp.
At Luminant, Wilson will oversee the company’s community relations, communications, regulatory and government affairs efforts. Luminant is the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation, the company said.
Wilson was appointed secretary of state by Gov. Rick Perry almost a year ago. Before that, he was Perry’s deputy chief of staff.
“I have been honored to serve in this role for the people of Texas and am proud of the accomplishments we achieved during our time in office; overseeing the largest primary in Texas history, being part of bringing thousands of new jobs to Texas, and investing in our states future employers and technologies,” Wilson said. “I want to thank Gov. Perry for the opportunity he has given me and thank my tremendous staff. I know that the success we have had will continue.”
The secretary of state is Texas’ chief elections officer. The secretary of state oversees business and public filings, acts as the governor’s chief liaison for border affairs, and oversees international protocol for the state.
Wilson, 40, who has served as chairman of the governor’s Competitiveness Council and on the Border Security Council, led the state’s efforts in economic development by serving as the governor’s designee on the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund.
“Phil has been a trusted adviser and dear friend of mine and Anita’s for many years,” Perry said. “He is a man of innovative thought and exceptional determination; attributes that have led him to success in both his professional and personal life. I thank Phil for his service, and wish him and his family much success and happiness in the future. He will be hard to replace.”
There is no set length of term for the state position, said spokesman Scott Haywood. Wilson’s predecessor held the position for about 2 1/2 years.