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Greg Wayne Abbott Bio

Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American lawyer and politician who has been the 48th Governor of Texas since January 2015. A Republican, Abbott previously served as the 50th Attorney General of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the first governor of any U.S. state since George Wallace to permanently use a wheelchair.

A member of the Republican Party, Abbott was the second Republican to serve as Attorney General of Texas since Reconstruction. Prior to assuming the office of attorney general, he was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a position to which he was initially appointed in 1995 by then-Governor George W. Bush.

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Abbott was born on November 13, 1957, in Wichita Falls, of English descent. His mother, Doris Lechristia Jacks Abbott, was a homemaker, and his father, Calvin Roger Abbott, was a stockbroker and insurance agent. When he was six years old, they moved to Longview, and the family lived in the East Texas city for six years.

Gregory Wayne Abbott education 

At the beginning of junior high school, Abbott’s family moved to Duncanville. In his sophomore year in high school, his father died of a heart attack, and his mother went to work in a real estate office. He graduated from Duncanville High School. He was on the track team in high school and asserts that he won every meet he entered his senior year. He was in the National Honor Society and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Young Republicans Club. He met his wife, Cecilia Phelan while attending UT Austin. In 1984, he earned his from the Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Law career Gregory

On July 14, 1984, at age 26, Abbott was paralyzed below waist-level when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging following a storm. He had two steel rods implanted in his spine, underwent extensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, and has used a wheelchair ever since. He sued the homeowner and negotiated an insurance settlement worth more than US$10 million dollars, resulting in payouts of US$14,000 a month.

Abbott went into private practice, working for Butler and Binion, LLC between 1984 and 1992.

Personal life Gregory Abbott

Abbott, a Roman Catholic, is married to Mexican-American Cecilia Phalen Abbott, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. His election as governor of Texas makes her the first Latina to be the First Lady of Texas since Texas joined the union. They have one adopted daughter, Audrey. They were married in San Antonio in 1981. Cecilia is a former school teacher and principal. 

Abbott knows some Spanish but is not fluent in the language, although he is currently learning.

Abbott suffered second and third-degree burns on his legs after coming in contact with scalding water while on vacation in Wyoming in July 2016, which caused him to miss the Republican National Convention.

Gov. Greg Abbott State of the State address

Abbott highlighted issues such as property taxes and education during the address which occurred at 11 a.m. in the House Chamber.

Abbott went into detail about the growth of Texas each day.

“On this very day, about 1000 new residents will call Texas home.” Abbott.

Abbott said that with the population growth there has been economic growth as well.

“We have the fastest growing economy in America.,” said Abbott. “Texas has led America in exports for 16 years in a row.”

Abbott went into detail in education advancements with more tier-one universities in the state.

“We are on the path to becoming America’s epicenter for research and innovation,” stated Abbott

With better education, Abbott stated we need better pay for our teachers.

“I am considering school finance reform and increasing teacher pay as emergency items this session,” said Abbott.

As education improves, safety in schools needs to improve as well, according to Abbott.

“I am considering school safety an emergency item this session,” said Abbott. “We must do all that we can to make our schools safer.”

Abbott continued to add to his list of emergency items when talking about property tax reform.

Abbott went into detail about keeping violent gangs out of the state and announced. He will be adding two new anti-gang centers in Texas, bringing the number up to eight.

Abbott stated he is working to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.