DeSantis Appoints Representative Cord Byrd as Florida Secretary of State

May 13, 2022 Updated 7:15 PM ET

Republican State Rep. Cord Byrd.
Republican State Rep. Cord Byrd.

May 13, 2022 Updated 4:32 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) –  Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Republican State Rep. Cord Byrd as Florida’s next Secretary of State Friday. 

“Cord Byrd has been an ally of freedom and democracy in the Florida Legislature, and I am confident he will carry that mission forward as Secretary of State,” DeSantis said.  “I look forward to his successes ensuring Florida’s elections remain safe, secure and well-administered.”

DeSantis chose Byrd because of his advocacy for election security, public integrity, and fight against big tech censorship. Byrd has served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2016. He served six years on the Public Integrity and Elections Committee. 

“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, Florida has led the way on election security and preserving freedom for its residents,” Byrd said. “As Secretary of State, I will make sure Florida continues to have secure elections and that we protect the freedom of our citizens in the face of big-tech censorship and ever-growing cybersecurity threats.”

Current Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced this week she is resigning from her position starting Monday, May 16th.

“Together, we protected and grew Florida’s competitive business climate, preserved Florida’s incredible historical resources, supported Florida’s arts and culture community, and strengthened Florida’s election systems,” Lee said. 

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