Greg Abbott, the 48th Governor of Texas, continues building on his record of strong, conservative leadership. Previously the longest-serving Attorney General in Texas history and a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Governor Abbott has long defended the constitutional principles on which this state and our nation were founded.
Governor Abbott’s vision for an even stronger Texas of tomorrow is focused on creating more jobs and economic opportunity, elevating our schools and education system, building the transportation infrastructure needed to keep the economy growing and securing the Texas border in the face of federal inaction.
Under Governor Abbott’s strong leadership and careful stewardship of the 10th-largest economy in the world, the Lone Star State leads the nation in job creation and recently reached record low unemployment rates.
Promises made, promises kept. Landmark legislation was passed in the recent 86th Legislative Session that included all of Governor Abbott’s priorities to address the state’s most pressing issues. Some of Greg Abbott’s biggest achievements from the 86th legislative session include:
- Passing meaningful property tax reforms and providing $5 billion to rein in skyrocketing property taxes for homeowners, renters, and businesses
- Investing more in our classrooms, paying our teachers more, creating a school funding structure based on student needs, and keeping more tax dollars local
- Keeping Texas students and teachers safe by hardening our schools and expanding access to mental health care
- Combatting human trafficking and sexual assault, and providing resources to tackle the rape kit backlog in Texas
- Providing $3 billion in relief for Harvey-impacted areas, improving disaster preparedness and response, and making our communities more resilient to natural disasters.
Other notable successes include protecting free speech on campus, ensuring medical care for babies born alive after attempted abortions, banning red-light cameras and more—all of which were accomplished in a 140-day session noted for its bold ideas and collaboration.
These successes build on Governor Abbott’s prior legislative victories making Texas even freer, stronger, safer and smarter: investing in critical border security; reforming the child protective system; investing more in early and higher education; cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth; reining in regulatory regimes that strangle innovation; improving Texas roads; and expanding protection of Texans’ constitutional rights.
Before his election in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas. A staunch defender of our liberties and 2nd Amendment rights, Governor Abbott made protecting Texas communities his top priority during his tenure as the 50th Texas Attorney General.
As Attorney General, Greg Abbott established a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. He collected more than $31 billion in child support for Texas children, and in 2014, his office was recognized as the nation’s best child support program by the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
Abbott previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
A native Texan, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.
Governor Abbott is an avid sportsman and hunter. He and his wife, Cecilia, have been married for 39 years. She is a former school teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. They live in Austin. Their daughter, Audrey, attends college.