Greg Abbott, 48th governor of Texas and staunch Republican, has a proud working history of political activism including being the longest-serving Attorney General in Texas’ state history and a State District Judge, as well as serving as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court under then-governor George W. Bush. During his six-year-stint as attorney general, Abbott utilized his tenure to aggressively combat child predators and human trafficking through the Cyber Crimes, Fugitive and Medicaid Fraud Control Units. Despite the enormity of those efforts, what Abbott is most remembered for as attorney general is his ardent defense of the constitutionality of maintaining the Ten Commandments display at the Texas Capitol in the historic case of Van Orden v. Perry.
During his term as governor, Abbott has focused on several specific issues, some of them being the improvement of the public education system, transportation infrastructure, economic growth, and most recently, tighter border security. Governor Abbott has not only remained an outspoken supporter of Texan’s Second Amendment rights since his term began in 2014, but also has signed legislation enforcing the toughest border security measures of any state in the nation. In addition to this achievement, Abbott successfully implemented the largest tax cut Texas has witnessed in the past decade of leadership.
Born and raised a Texas native in Wichita Falls and Duncanville, Abbott had extensive knowledge of Texas’ interworkings even before pursuing a career in politics. After graduating with a degree in finance from The University of Texas, Abbott went on to earn his law degree from Vanderbilt University, whetting his appetite for the years to come. Shortly after graduating from law school, Abbott, a passionate outdoorsman and athlete, was partially paralyzed after a tree fell on him during a run in inclement weather — he has been forced to use a wheelchair ever since.