Berry, an attorney in Houston, will be the third person to fill the position in a year and the first Indian-American to hold the job.
She will serve as the state's chief elections officer, liaise with the governor on Mexican and border issues, and oversee protocol for state and international matters.
"Nandita Berry personifies what is possible through hard work and dedication in the State of Texas,” Gov. Perry said. “Arriving from India at the age of 21 with nothing but $200 to her name, she worked diligently to earn her law degree and has since become one of the most accomplished attorneys in the state."
"Her work ethic, intelligence and wide array of experiences will serve her capably in her new duties as Secretary of State, and I look forward to working with her to keep Texas the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family.”
Berry will take the job on January 7.
[Office of Gov. Rick Perry]