Texas Governor Greg Abbott
As the 48th Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family, and freedom.
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:
- 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, where he earned a national reputation for defending religious liberty and protecting Texas communities and children. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
A native Texan and avid sportsman and hunter, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.
Governor Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a recent college graduate.