Rolando Pablos

Rolando Pablos
111th Secretary of State of Texas
Assumed office
January 6, 2017
Governor Greg Abbott
Preceded by Carlos Cascos
Personal details
Born (1967-09-26) September 26, 1967
Sonora, Mexico
Political party Republican
Education St. Mary's University, Texas (BS, JD)
University of Texas, San Antonio (MBA)
University of Houston (MA)

Rolando Burgoa Pablos (born September 26, 1967)[1] is an American executive, attorney, and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Texas.[2] He was sworn in as Secretary of State of Texas on January 5, 2017.[3]


Born in Sonora, Mexico,[4] Pablos grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas.[2][5] He graduated from Cathedral High School in El Paso.


In 1992, he graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor's degree in biology. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a master's in Hospitality Management from the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, and in 1998 a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University School of Law.[6]

Pablos was described as the "driving force" behind the creation of the San Antonio campus of Hilton College, at which he formerly served as adjunct lecturer of hospitality law.[7]


Pablos formerly served as a Texas Public Utility Commissioner and then chaired the Texas Racing Commission.[2] He was nominated to serve as Texas Secretary of State by Republican Governor Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate on February 14, 2017.[8][3] [9]

In March 2017, Pablos made his first international diplomatic mission to Mexico City, during which he affirmed the strong economic relationship between Texas and Mexico. After the trip, Pablos said he was "highly encouraged" by his meetings and discussions with both private and public sector officials, including representatives from the SENER, Mexico's energy ministry.[10]

Pablos co-founded Uriel Americas and served as chief executive officer of the Borderplex Alliance, a bi-national economic developmental corporation.[2]

In August 2017, as a new school year loomed, Pablos urged high school principals to register qualified students for voting. The principals, noted Pablos, are required under the state election code to serve as deputy voter registrars, in which capacity they are expected to distribute voter registration applications to students who will turn eighteen by election day.[11]

Writing in World Oil magazine in November 2017, Pablos expressed optimism that Mexico's energy reforms enacted in 2013 would provide Texas and Mexico "a new opportunity" to collaborate in cross-border energy trade, through what he calls the "Texas-Mexico Energy Nexus," adding that "the potential is enormous for Texas energy leaders to expand in a newly privatized Mexican energy market."[12] Pablos had made cross-border energy integration the focus of a Texas Border Trade Advisory Committee[13] meeting earlier that year.[14]

In March 2018, Pablos welcomed Aga Khan IV to Texas during his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.[15]


  1. "Rolando Pablos". Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Tilove, Jonathan (December 5, 2016). "Abbott taps Rolando Pablos to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos". My Statesman. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  3. 1 2 Litton, Andra (2017-01-06). "El Pasoan Rolando Pablos Sworn in as Secretary of State". El Paso Proud. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  5. Chapa, Sergio (December 5, 2016). "Austin attorney named Texas Secretary of State". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  6. "Biography of Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos". Office of the Texas Secretary of State. State of Texas. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  7. Dusang, Kaylee (2017-02-03). "UH alum appointed at Texas Secretary of State". The Daily Cougar. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  8. Sterling, Ed (2016-12-13). "Abbott nominates Pablos as Texas' Secretary of State". La Vernia News. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  9. "Texas Senate Confirms Rolando Pablos As Secretary of State". Office of the Texas Secretary of State. State of Texas. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  10. "Secretary Pablos Meets With Government Officials, Industry Leaders In Mexico City". Office of the Texas Secretary of State. State of Texas. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. Rolando Pablos, "Calling all high school principals to register young voters," San Antonio Express-News, August 18, 2017, p. A11.
  12. "The Texas-Mexico Energy Nexus". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  13. "Border Trade Advisory Committee". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  14. "Secretary Pablos Convenes Second Border Trade Advisory Committee Meeting, Renews Focus On Cross-Border Energy Integration". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  15. "Secretary Pablos Welcomes His Highness The Aga Khan To Texas". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Cascos
Secretary of State of Texas
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