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Perry Appoints Nandita Berry as Secretary of State

Gov. Rick Perry has named Nandita Berry of Houston as the next secretary of state. She becomes the first Indian-American to fill the post, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry

Gov. Rick Perry has named Nandita Berry of Houston as the next secretary of state. She becomes the first Indian-American to fill the post, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Berry takes office Jan. 7, succeeding John Steen, who on Friday announced his intent to resign.

Currently a senior counsel with Locke Lord LLP, Berry earned bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Houston. She is a past member of the UH Board of Regents, according to the release from the governor's office.

Her husband, Michael Berry, is a radio talk show host of note in the Houston area.

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