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Secretary of State John Thurston to Meet with Counterparts

Posted on: 02/07/2019 2:14 pm

Secretary of State John Thurston to Meet with Counterparts

Attends National Secretaries of State Winter Conference in Washington, D.C.

(January 31, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston traveled to Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Winter Conference.  This will be Secretary Thurston's first meeting with his counterparts from across the country.

Key themes over the next few days' meetings will involve elections, cybersecurity, international relations, and business services.  Attendees will hear from experts, share best practices and innovations, discuss common issues, and vote on policy matters presented by the organization's committees.  Secretary Thurston will serve on the Elections Committee, Business Services Committee, Cybersecurity Comittee, and the International Relations Committee.

The Secretaries have been invited Saturday evening to a reception at the Embassy of New Zealand. The conference begins Friday and concludes on Monday.

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Secretary of State John Thurston Meets with Representatives of Taiwan

Posted on: 01/30/2019 11:16 am

Secretary of State John Thurston Meets with Representatives of Taiwan

Delegation Visiting Arkansas for Inaugural Events

(January 17, 2019, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – On Wednesday, Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, who was sworn into office earlier this week, welcomed a delegation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston. They were visiting Little Rock to attend several inaugural events.

Secretary Thurston and Director General Peter C.Y. Chen enjoyed a friendly meeting and discussed a number of issues. Director Chen touted Taiwan as a country that values economic freedom and intellectual property rights and seeks to grow business relationships with American companies.

"The delegation from Taiwan wanted to introduce themselves and continue the dialogue between our government and theirs, in hopes of building a relationship of cooperation, friendship, and economic prosperity," said Thurston.  "Technology research and development, education, trade, and business development are a few of the areas where joint collaboration is possible. We look forward to continuing the conversation."

TECO Houston is the representative office of the government of Taiwan responsible for foreign relations with Arkansas.  They have visited Arkansas on several previous occasions.

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Secretary of State John Thurston Sworn Into Office

Posted on: 01/30/2019 11:08 am

Secretary of State John Thurston Sworn Into Office

Begins First Term as 34th Secretary of State

(January 15, 2019, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) — Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston took the oath of office this morning to become Arkansas's 34th Secretary of State.  The oath was administered by Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp.  Secretary Thurston was accompanied by his wife and family.

"I am honored today to have been entrusted with this office by the people of Arkansas," said Thurston.  "I look forward to serving the next four years and working to make this office a model of good government for our state."

Secretary Thurston was elected to office in the November 6th General Election after serving two four-year terms as Commissioner of State Lands.  He campaigned on a platform of efficiency in government, fair elections, streamlining services for business, and enhancing Capitol security.

Secretary Thurston succeeds outgoing Secretary of State Mark Martin, who served in the office for two terms.

About Secretary of State John Thurston

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, was first elected as Secretary in November of 2018, after serving eight years as Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands.  John is the past chairman of the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.  He is also the past president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association.  John was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and was raised in Saline County, attending and graduating from Sheridan High School in 1991.  He attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (Clark County) before graduating from Agape College in Little Rock with a diploma in Biblical Studies.  John was a licensed minister and was a Certified Religious Assistant in the Arkansas state prison system.

John now resides in East End, Arkansas (Saline County) with his wife Joanna and their five children.  He is also an avid outdoorsman.

John’s vision for the future is that the Secretary of State along with Arkansas government will lead the nation in the area of ethics and accountability.

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