Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Named “Best Governor in the Nation” in 2020, Governor Greg Abbott is building upon his record as a strong conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values and ensure the Lone Star State remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Governor Abbott’s vision for an even stronger Texas of tomorrow is focused on creating more jobs and economic opportunity, educating the leaders of the next generation, protecting individual liberties, restoring parental rights in education, and securing the southern border in the face of federal inaction.
Building the Texas of Tomorrow
Since brave pioneers first settled the untamed Wild West, Texas has offered the freedom and opportunities that can be found nowhere else. Each year Governor Abbott has been in office, Texas has been the number one state for business in America. As home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other state, the more than $2 trillion Texas economy is the 9th largest in the world. And as the number one state for tech exports, “Made in Texas” has never been a bigger brand.
But it’s not just big business that succeeds in Texas. Our great state is home to more than 3 million small businesses that employ almost half of all working Texans. We are the number one state for jobs created by Black business owners, Hispanic women business owners, and veteran women business owners. In Texas, everyone can succeed.
To ensure that the Texas of tomorrow remains a beacon of liberty, Governor Abbott has taken unprecedented steps to secure our southern border, including busing migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C., building the Texas border wall, declaring Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, and, through his Operation Lone Star border security initiatives, seizing enough lethal doses of fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States.
Governor Abbott also signed 14 historic bipartisan reforms to strengthen the Texas power grid and improve reliability during future extreme weather events. He has made the development of a bolstered infrastructure the centerpiece of the 88th Legislative Session to meet increased demand of our expanding state. Governor Abbott has unveiled a $100 billion statewide road construction plan that will pave the way for a growing Texas for generations to come.
Promises Made, Promises Kept
Throughout his time in office, Governor Abbott has achieved significant legislative victories to build a safer, freer, and more prosperous future for all Texans. That includes providing more funding for public education than any other Governor in Texas history, ensuring Texas leads the nation in the number of Tier One Research Universities, freeing Texans from the burdens of rising property taxes, and expanding broadband access across rural Texas. The Governor has also been a staunch supporter of our brave law enforcement, signing a law that defunds any cities that defund their police. He has also protected the lives of the innocent unborn and increased healthcare services and access for all Texans.
A Wealth Of Experience
Re-elected to a third term in 2022, Governor Abbott is working tirelessly to build the Texas of tomorrow. He was first elected as the 48th Governor of Texas in 2014. Before being elected Governor, he was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General in Texas History. He also served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
Defined By Perseverance
Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after law school, he was paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. From his faith and family, he gained strength, recognizing “our lives are not defined by our challenges, but by how we respond to them.”
Governor Abbott is married to Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, who is the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. They have been married since 1981, and have one daughter, Audrey, who works in the finance industry. They are also the proud dog parents of two Golden Retrievers, Peaches and Pancake.