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AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott yesterday championed the conservative policies that have shaped Texas into the land of freedom and opportunity during the keynote address at the 44th Annual Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) Convention in Dallas.

“YCT was founded on Texas’ Independence Day in 1980 to signify the organization’s commitment to independence and liberty,” said Governor Abbott. “Victories don’t come automatically, it has to be fought for and earned. That’s what YCT is all about. You believe in our shared conservative values and principles and are willing to fight for them. That’s what makes America great and Texas exceptional. You are now the inheritors of the never-ending struggle that the Texas of tomorrow is a bigger, better Texas for everyone.”

Speaking to a crowd of over 150, Governor Abbott touted Texas’ ban on DEI at public colleges and universities in Texas to ensure people have the opportunity to advance based on talent and merit. The Governor also discussed a law he signed to protect the integrity of women’s sports by banning biological men from competing against women in college sports. Additionally, Governor Abbott highlighted Texas’ ongoing efforts to fight back against President Joe Biden’s reckless open border policies and keep Texans—and Americans—safe through Operation Lone Star, the state’s historic border security mission.

Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan conservative youth organization, has been fighting for conservative values for more than 40 years in the Lone Star State and publishes the most respected ratings of the Texas Legislature.