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Greg 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. He is noted outside of Texas for successfully advocating for the right of the state of Texas to display the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, in a 2005 United States Supreme Court case known as Van Orden v. Perry.
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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 J.D.degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Law career Gregory Abbott
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. He is the first elected governor of a U.S. state to use a wheelchair since George Wallace of Alabama, 1983–87.
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.
Greg Abbott says he’s willing to “work” to revive the UT
In a sweeping address to lawmakers laying out his policy priorities for the legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott offered an unexpected “bold” idea on which there could be compromise: Reinstating an annual football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, rivals who last faced off on the gridiron in 2011.
Abbott made the overture at the tail end of his State of the State Address Tuesday, after naming school finance, teacher pay and property taxes among the emergency items for lawmakers to tackle.
“I am inspired by the camaraderie and the collaboration that has already infused this session. It seems unprecedented, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m feeling it myself,” Abbott said, about 50 minutes into his remarks. “I’m feeling moved. And I want to set the example. For example, I’m willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with [state Rep.] Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns.” The announcement was greeted with cheers.