AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos announced Thursday he will be resigning after serving for two years.

Pablos said he is thankful Gov. Greg Abbott trusted him with the responsibility of the office and that it has been an opportunity of a lifetime to serve as Texas Secretary of State.

"I am proud to say that over the past two years, my office has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of all Texans through strengthening our international relationships, attracting investment, facilitating business growth and trade, protecting the solemn integrity of our elections system, and engaging more Texans in the electoral process," Secretary Pablos wrote. "Serving Texans as Secretary of State has been the opportunity of a lifetime, but I feel the need at this time to turn my attention to my private practice."

Pablos' career has been focused on advancing community development to improve quality of life and delivering educational opportunities.

Pablos' last day will be Dec. 15. Abbott will nominate a successor to serve as Texas' 112th Secretary of State.