SAN ANTONIO – Today, more than 50 Sheriffs from across the Lone Star State announced their endorsement of Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference in San Antonio. Governor Abbott recognized the brave men and women who serve as law enforcement officers.

“To serve as a law enforcement officer is to answer a higher calling. It means putting yourself between danger and the people you serve. It requires true courage, dedication and a strong desire to protect those in need. We must never take our law enforcement officers for granted,” Governor Abbott said.

Several Sheriffs spoke at the press conference, including Bill Waybourn of Tarrant County. Sheriff Waybourn noted, “When the Biden Administration aborted their constitutional duties and forsook their oath, Governor Abbott immediately stepped into the gap and took up the heavy yoke of securing our border.”

Also present was former Sheriff AJ Louderback. He said, “Governor Abbott has been an outstanding partner. He has done more for border security than any other governor in the history of Texas.”

Ray Del Bosque, the Zapata County Sheriff and a Democrat, said, “Success always follows leaders who are well prepared. Governor Greg Abbott is that leader. With his strong leadership and stern character, he has kept his word and has helped us Texas Border Sheriffs to secure the Border.”

Marvin Ryals, President of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and a Deputy Sheriff in El Paso, also spoke. Ryals said, “Governor Abbott has taken direct action along our southern border, curtailing human trafficking, and combatting the smuggling of deadly illegal drugs like fentanyl, which have poisoned the cities we serve. In an era where some politicians are trying to defund law enforcement, he backed the blue by signing laws that punish communities that make these reckless decisions.”

Several other Sheriffs offered why they are supporting Governor Abbott.

Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd said, “As Sheriff of Goliad County, I am proud to endorse Governor Abbott’s re-election due to his unwavering dedication to the safety and security of the citizens of Texas.”

Sheriff Scott Cass of Lamar County is supporting Governor Abbott because of his proven leadership. “Governor Abbott has been a strong leader for Texas and a true friend to law enforcement. He is standing in the gap to secure our border and push back against federal over-reach,” said Sheriff Cass.

Brian Hawthorne, the Chambers County Sheriff, said, “As a Texas Sheriff in the Greater Houston Area, I’m proud to give my support and vote to Governor Abbott due to his unwavering commitment to law enforcement.”

The Sheriff of Cass County, Larry Rowe, noted, “Governor Abbott has my endorsement because he puts Texas first. Always.”

Keith Schmidt, the Gonzales County Sheriff said, “I confidently recommend Greg Abbott for the position of Governor, for his tireless efforts dealing with the border crisis.”

“As a past President of a Sheriffs’ Association, I feel confident with Governor Abbott’s leadership, whether that’s at home in Sabine County or at the Capitol in Austin working for the concerns of Texas Sheriffs,” said Thomas Maddox, Sabine County Sheriff.

“My support goes to Governor Abbott because he understands the importance of coordination between state and local law enforcement when it comes to addressing the violent crime that has come into our communities as a result of our unsecured southern border,” said Sheriff Shannon Srubar of Wharton County.


The complete list of Sheriffs who have endorsed Governor Abbott’s campaign is below.

David Soward — Atascosa County

Alden Southmayd, III — Bee County

Don Jackson — Blanco County

Jeff Neal — Bowie County

  1. Bo Stallman, II — Brazoria County

Urbino “Benny” Martinez — Brooks County

Bobbie Vickery — Calhoun County

Tam Terry — Carson County

Larry Rowe — Cass County

Brian Hawthorne — Chambers County

Michael Pigg — Childress County

Carl Bowen ­– DeWitt County

Mark Johnson — Fannin County

Ricky S. Jones — Franklin County

Buddy Mills — Gillespie County

Donald Sowell — Grimes County

Roy Boyd — Goliad County

Keith Schmidt — Gonzales County

Arnold Zwicke — Guadalupe County

Pat Laughery — Hardeman County

Gary Cutler — Hays County

Rodney Watson — Hill County

Arvin West — Hudspeth County

Bryan Beavers — Kaufman County

Larry Leitha — Kerr County

Richard Kirkpatrick — Kleberg County

Scott C. Cass — Lamar County

Jesus Ramos — Lampasas County

Micah C. Harmon — Lavaca County

Larry Busby — Live Oak County

David Capps — Marion County

Brad Ingram — Martin County

Emmett Shelton — McMullen County

David Criner — Midland County

Clint Hammonds — Mills County

Rand Henderson — Montgomery County

Terry Bouchard ­— Ochiltree County

Brent Warden — Oldham County

Brian Thomas — Potter County

Pinky Gonzales — Refugio County

Carl L. Squyres — Runnels County

Johnwayne Valdez — Rusk County

Thomas N. Maddox — Sabine County

Robert Cartwright — San Augustine County

Oscar Rivera — San Patricio County

Trey Wilson — Scurry County

Larry Smith — Smith County

Bill Waybourn — Tarrant County

Doc Wigington — Throckmorton County

Justin Marr — Victoria County

Shannon Srubar — Wharton County

Raymundo “Ray” Del Bosque, Jr. — Zapata County

Eusevio Salinas — Zavala County