Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade resigned Tuesday. The resignation will take effect this Friday.

Governor Rick Perry said, “As the first Latina Secretary of State, Hope has a permanent place in our state’s history books and her personal commitment to making Texas a place of unlimited opportunity will leave a lasting impression on our state’s future.”

Perry appointed Andrade to the post in 2008. Andrade was the first Hispanic woman to hold the position of Secretary of State in Texas and oversaw five statewide elections.

In a statement Andrade said, “It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve as the secretary of state for the greatest state in our nation.

I am truly humbled by the trust and confidence Gov. Perry placed in me nearly four-and-a-half years ago and will forever be grateful for the opportunity to represent Texas in this esteemed office.”

As the highest elections official in the state, Andrade registered 13.7 million new voters in Texas during her tenure.