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 leadership, Texas continues to be a leader in job creation as a record number of Texans are employed even as the state’s population continues its record growth.
Due in part to successes from his first legislative session that included cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth, improving Texas roads, focusing on quality education, securing the border and expanding protection of Texans’ constitutional rights, the Texas economy is now the tenth-largest among the nations of the world.
Governor Abbott’s achievements from the most recently completed legislative session are forging an even broader path to prosperity for more Texas families.
Building on the four pillars of safety and security, education, economic advancement, and the preservation of liberty, he proudly signed legislation banning sanctuary cities, reforming the child protective system, investing in early and higher education, reining in regulatory regimes that strangle innovation, and ensuring that unborn children are treated with the basic dignity that human life deserves.
During his campaign for re-election, Governor Abbott committed to building a brighter future for Texas by focusing on policies that rein in property taxes, create more jobs, help our veterans, and improve public safety.
Governor Abbott won re-election in 2018 with more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in TX history.
Following his re-election in 2018, Governor Abbott was elected to serve a one-year term as Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Prior to his election in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, he earned a national reputation for defending religious liberty and for 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 with a BBA in finance, 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 educator and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a college student.
Biography provided by the Office of Greg Abbott