Esperanza “Hope” Andrade

Esperanza “Hope” Andrade


Esperanza “Hope” Andrade is Texas’ 107th Secretary of State and one of six state officials to form the Executive Department of the State of Texas. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry and sworn in on July 23, 2008.

Secretary Andrade, a successful entrepreneur and leader in the San Antonio business community for more than three decades, serves as Texas’ chief elections officer, chief international protocol officer and Border Commerce Coordinator for Governor Rick Perry. Previously, Andrade served as chair of the Texas Transportation Commission. Her civic service has included leadership roles with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, United Way, the San Antonio Symphony and the board of trustees for Our Lady of the Lake University.

In recognition of her service to Texas, Secretary Andrade has received a number of accolades including the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hope for Children Esperanza Award, and the San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame Award. Additionally she has been named the Woman of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Mother of the Year by Avance and Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Andrade resides in San Antonio with her husband of 42 years, Ramiro Andrade, and has a son, a daughter-in-law, and three grandsons.

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