Greg Abbott

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Greg Abbott
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48th Governor of Texas
From: January 20, 2015 – present
Lieutenant Dan Patrick
Predecessor Rick Perry
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
50th Attorney General of Texas
From: December 2, 2002 – January 5, 2015
Governor Rick Perry
Predecessor John Cornyn
Successor Ken Paxton
Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
From: 1996–2001
Predecessor Jack Hightower
Successor Xavier Rodriguez
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Cecilia Phalen
Religion Roman Catholic

Gregory Wayne "Greg" Abbott (born November 13, 1957[1]) is the increasingly moderate Republican governor of Texas, a position which he has held since January 2015. Previously, he was an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1995 to 2001 and the attorney general of his state from 2002 to 2015. Gov. Abbott governs in a petty way for the liberal agenda of the Texas oligarchy, which includes vindictively vetoing good bills based on which Republican sponsored it[2] and deceptively pushing for the Paxton Impeachment (which later failed), without even giving voters proper notice. On June 16, 2023, Abbott continued his vindictive rampage of vetoing bills simply because they were sponsored by conservative senators opposed to him on the oligarchs' demand for property tax cuts to benefit them.[3]

Abbott is a puppet for dark money, as illustrated by his surprise trip to Israel during the last week of a contentios special legislative session that he called, which must have been paid for in connection with undisclosed actual or potential donors: "Abbott traveled to the Middle Eastern country as his priority legislation over school vouchers was stalling and with less than a week before the special legislation session he called is set to conclude."[4]

Formerly conservative, Abbott is largely under the influence of billionaire, corporate lobbyist donors to his campaign, in a state that has no campaign contribution limits. The Koch brothers network, to whom Abbott has made presentations and from whom he has received large contributions, induced Abbott to push as one of four "emergency items" for the biennial legislative session the Convention of States resolution in 2017[5] and to shy away from meaningful socially conservative legislation during his tenure. That resolution passed only with a compromise to include an 8-year sunset provision, but in 2023 Abbott was apparently quietly supporting repeal of that sunset, again to appease dark-money globalists. In 2019 and again in 2021, the Texas legislature did not enact any significant conservative bills, and instead in 2019 Governor Abbott pushed unsuccessfully for an increase in the sales tax and advocated for banning businesses from asking for the criminal histories of potential employees.[6] Meanwhile, Abbott does nothing meaningful to stop a flood of illegal aliens from pouring into the U.S. across the Texas-Mexico border, and was silent about the sham ambush impeachment of conservative Ken Paxton on May 27, 2023.

Abbott says that he's open to legalizing casinos in Texas, while accepting a $1 million campaign contribution for reelection in 2022 from Las Vegas billionaire casino owner Miriam Adelson (wife of the late Sheldon Adelson).[7]

Abbott won a third term by prevailing in the Republican primary election held on March 1, 2022. With 1,270,401 votes (66.4 percent), Abbott turned back six opponents.[8] The runners-up were two strong conservatives, former Florida U.S. Representative and former Texas state Republican chairman Allen West, with 12.3 percent, and the well-financed former state Senator Don Huffines of Dallas, who finished third with 12 percent of the primary ballots cast. In the general election on November 8, Abbott will face off against a determined bid by the Democrat former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, who ran a strong but losing race in 2018 against Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Though he uses the Spanish nickname "Beto," O'Rourke is of Irish descent.


Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 13, 1957, and was reared in Longview, Texas[1] before graduating high school in Duncanville, Texas. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from UT-Austin and a law degree at Vanderbilt University.[1]

Abbott served from 1993 to 1995 as a trial judge on the 129th District Court.[1] In 1995, Texas governor George W. Bush appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court, and Abbott would remain a member of the court until he resigned in 2001.[1]

Attorney General

Abbott was first elected Texas AG in 2002.[1] He had a mostly conservative record and is known for successfully arguing before the Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry.[1] Abbott sued the federal government 27 times during his tenure as Attorney General, and he served in that position until he began his term as Texas governor in 2015.[1]

Texas governor

2014 election

Abbott won the 2014 election in a landslide, along with numerous other conservative Republicans.

Abbott won the 2014 general election with over 59 percent of the vote,[1][9][10] in an election that was a disaster for Democrats.[11][12] In the same election, the Tea Party made large gains in the state.[13] Abbott's campaign was praised for its effectiveness.[14]

2018 election

In the Republican primary held on March 6, 2018, Abbott polled 1,392,294 votes (90.4 percent) over two minor intra-party rivals.[15]

In the November 6 general election, Abbott defeated the liberal Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County and an open lesbian, Abbott outpolled Valdez by nearly 956,000 votes in their respective party primaries.

Gubernatorial tenure

Abbott took office as govenor on January 20, 2015.[16] Abbott called a special session in 2017, ordering the legislature to focus on conservative priorities.[17] Despite Abbott's conservative views, some conservative commentators voiced their concerns that Texas bureaucrats were increasing Texas regulations and making it more like California.[18] However, the Trump Administration nominated several conservative judges who once were employees of Abbott,[19] and Abbott appointed several conservatives to the courts himself.[20]


In late November 2016, Texas, under Abbott, approved new rules that would require aborted babies to receive a burial or cremation, proper for a real human being, rather than be disposed of in a sanitary landfill.[21][22] Despite the common sense on protecting human life, a federal judge ruled against the law in late January 2017.[23]

In June 2017, Abbott signed a major pro-life bill into law banning dismemberment abortions, banning the sale of the body parts of aborted babies, and requiring the remains of the babies be either buried or cremated rather than disposed of in an inhumane manner.[24]

In June 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law banning local governments from funding abortion providers.[25][26] Shortly afterward, he signed a bill protecting babies who survive abortions.[27]

Gov. Abbott failed to make the Heartbeat Bill a priority in 2019 and it did not pass in the Texas House of Representatives. Abbott's spokesman issued an ambiguous statement claiming that Abbott is pro-life, yet not explaining why he allowed this bill to be blocked by Republicans.[28] In 2021, the legislature did pass the Hearbeat Act, which Abbott signed into law. The measure is being challenged before the United States Supreme Court, which has permitted implementation of the law pending judicial review.

Religious liberty

On June 11, 2015, Abbott signed an act into law that gives pastors that right to refuse to "marry" homosexual couples if it violates their conscience.[29]

On May 21, 2017, Abbott signed Senate Bill 24 into law, preventing state or local governments from subpoenaing pastors' sermons.[30][31] This bill was inspired by an pro-homosexual "anti-discrimination" ordinance in Houston, where five sermons were subpoenaed.[30]

On June 15, 2017, Abbott signed H.B. 3859 into law, which gave adoption agencies to refuse to let homosexual couples adopt the children under their care due to religious reasons.[32] This law caused California, a left-wing Democrat state, to add Texas to its governmental travel ban list.[33]

On June 11, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law which protected private organizations from any type of punishment for actions they took because of their religious beliefs.[34]

Gun rights

On June 13, 2015, Abbott signed the campus carry (SB 11) and the open carry (HB 910) bills into law.[35] The campus carry law went into effect on August 1, 2015, and allows the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun on public college campuses, with private colleges being able to opt out.[35][36] The open carry bill went into effect on January 1, 2016, and allows the licensed carrying of handguns openly in all locations that allow concealed carry.[35][36][37] Texas is the 45th state to have open carry.[38] Later, in May 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law massively reducing handgun carry licence fees.[39][40]

In 2018, Abbott caved to the gun control lobby by canceling shotgun giveaway for a contest after left-wing gun control activists criticized him for it.[41]

On June 6, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law removing the state cap on the number of armed teachers allowed in school districts.[42][43] To the consternation of left-wingers, Abbott signed several other pro-gun bills in 2019.[44]

However, Abbott signed a bill into law in 2019 that created a $1 million gun storage safety campaign that Second Amendment supporters opposed because of the high potential of the program being used to promote gun control.[45] Additionally, Abbott undermined the freedom to conduct firearm sales without government interference,[46] among some other actions.[47]

In the broader issue of self-defense, Abbott signed a bill into law legalizing brass knuckles for self-defense.[48]

Illegal immigration and refugees

Abbott signed the 2015 Texas state budget into law, which provided for a record amount of spending for border security and enforcement.[49] Abbott vetoed almost $300 million in discretionary spending from the budget despite that.[50][51] The Texas legislature did not pass a bill to end "sanctuary cities", so Abbott took matters into his own hands and established a plan to "strip state grant funding from county sheriff's" who do not enforce the law.[52]

In September 2016, Abbott withdrew Texas from a federal refugee resettlement program after the Obama Administration rejected "specific security conditions" from the state.[53]

On February 1, 2017, Abbott blocked funding to Travis County after its left-wing sheriff introduced illegal "sanctuary city" policies to the county.[54][55] On May 7, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law which would criminally charge city or county officials who refuse to cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws and which gives the police the right to choose to check the immigration status of individuals if they choose, effectively banning "sanctuary" cities.[56][57][58] While a federal judge blocked portions of the law, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling.[59] In March 2018, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals again ruled in favor of the law.[60]

In April 2018, Abbott pledged to send 250 National Guard troops to the U.S.–Mexico border in accordance with President Donald Trump's order to send troops there,[61] and he defended the actions.[62] A few days later, Abbott increased the number of pledged troops to at least 1,000.[63]

On January 10, 2020, Abbott announced Texas would reject the importation of refugees in the state.[64]

Jan 24, 2024 report: Abbott, defiantly, continued laying razor wire around migrant-engulfed border city despite recent Supreme Court ruling.[65] As he is genuinely concerned about security, declaring invasion at the border, invokes constitutional 'right of self-defense'.[66]


Abbott signed three bills in 2017, one of which condemns the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and requires that every business that contracts for any Texas governmental unit not to boycott Israel,[67] and the other two ban government contractors from doing business with Iran, Sudan, or "designated foreign terrorist organizations"; and expand anti-Iran restrictions.[68]

State and national sovereignty

On June 14, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law prohibiting the use of any foreign law, including Sharia Law, in Texas courts.[69]

Voter fraud

On June 2, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law reinstating and modifying Texas's voter ID law.[70] Also in June 2017, Abbott vetoed a bill that would have allowed mail-in-ballot-only elections in some elections in rural counties because he thought the risk of voter fraud was too high for such a bill.[71] On August 11, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law increasing the penalty for mail-in ballot fraud.[72]

Other issues

A few days later, he signed a bill into law cracking down on sexual teacher-student relationships.[73] He also signed a bill into law expanding Texas's hate crime law to include crimes against police officers and judges.[74][75] On June 6, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law banning texting while driving in Texas.[76][77]

On June 9, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law expanding Texas's ban on female genital mutilation.[78]

Polls in April 2018 showed Abbott "highly vulnerable" to the challenge of either of his two Democratic opponents, Lupe Valdez (the lesbian Dallas County Sheriff, who failed to pay her property taxes until late June 2018) or Andrew White (son of former Governor Mark White). Valdez and White competed in the May 22 runoff election for their party's nomination to contest Abbott's re-election bid; Valdez won. However, Abbott handily won re-election.

On June 1, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law banning red light cameras.[79] He also signed a bill protecting free speech rights on college campuses.[80]

On November 4, 2019, Abbott began clearing up homeless camps in the state capital of Austin.[81]

Abbott signed a pro-police pledge in late October 2020.[82]

In March 2021, Abbott accused free speech platform Gab of being an "anti-Semitic platform."[83]

Personal life

Abbott is married to Cecilia Phalen Abbott, the first Latina first lady of Texas.[16] He is the first Texas governor to use a wheelchair, having used it since being paralyzed in 1984, when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging.[16] The Abbotts have an adopted daughter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Governor Greg Abbott. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. Horowitz, Daniel (August 20, 2019). Who needs leftists? GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorses radical “ban the box” pro-criminal mandate on employers. Conservative Review. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  8. Abbott ran 310,463 votes ahead of O'Rourke in their respective primaries. The total Republican gubernatorial turnout was 1,937,543 votes compared to the Democrats' 1,057,637, a difference of 879,906 votes in favor of the GOP. O'Rourke, meanwhile, polled 959,938 votes (91 percent) in his primary contest.
  9. Root, Jay (November 4, 2014). Abbott Crushes Davis in GOP Sweep. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  10. Hoppe, Christy (November 5, 2014). Greg Abbott tops Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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  17. Price, Bob (June 6, 2017). Texas Governor Calls for Legislative Special Session for ‘Bathroom Bill’, Others. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
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  19. Platoff, Emma (April 3, 2018). "A friendly vote on the court": How Greg Abbott's former employees could help Texas from the federal bench. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  20. Vertuno, Jim (March 7, 2019). Texas governor fills courts with GOP judges voters rejected. Houston Chronicle (from the Associated Press). Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  21. Stack, Liam (November 30, 2016). Texas Will Require Burial of Aborted Fetuses. The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  22. Perchick, Michael (December 1, 2016). New Texas provisions require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses. USA Today (from KVUE-TV). Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  23. Marissa Evans (January 27, 2017). Federal court blocks Texas fetal remains burial rule. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
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  25. Berry, Susan (June 11, 2019). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning Funding of Abortion Providers. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  26. Freiburger, Calvin (June 11, 2019). Texas prohibits cities from doing business with abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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  29. Crampton, Liz (June 11, 2015). Abbott Signs "Pastor Protection Act" Into Law. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Abbott Signs Bill Protecting Sermons from Subpoenas. The Texas Tribune (May 21, 2017). Retrieved on May 22, 2017.
  31. Abbott Signs Bill Preventing Government From Subpoenaing Sermons. CBS DFW (May 21, 2017). Retrieved on May 22, 2017.
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  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Gov. Abbott signs open carry, campus carry into law (2015-06-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-02.
  36. 36.0 36.1 At Shooting Range, Abbott Signs "Open Carry" Bill. The Texas Tribune (2015-06-13). Retrieved on 2016-01-02.
  37. Texas Open Carry Gun Law. Retrieved on January 2, 2016.
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  39. Price, Bob (May 28, 2017). Texas Governor Signs Law Reducing Handgun Carry License Fees. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
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  41. Folley, Aris (May 21, 2018). Texas governor cancels shotgun giveaway days after school shooting. The Hill. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  42. Hawkins, Awr (June 6, 2019). Greg Abbott Signs Bill Allowing More Armed Teachers in Texas Schools. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  43. Barton, Regina (June 6, 2019). Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
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  45. Chamberlain, Samuel (June 16, 2019). Texas governor approves budget with gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA. Fox News. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  46. Silber, Clarice; Weber, Paul J. (August 22, 2019). Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales. Associated Press. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
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  48. Folley, Aris (August 14, 2019). Texas set to end ban on brass knuckles. The Hill. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
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  53. Price, Bob (September 30, 2016). Texas Withdraws from Federal Refugee Resettlement Program. Breitbart. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  54. Svitek, Patrick (February 1, 2017). In "sanctuary" fight, Abbott cuts off funding to Travis County. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  55. Price, Bob (February 1, 2017). Texas Governor Cuts Cash for Sanctuary County. Breitbart. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
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  59. Price, Bob (September 25, 2017). Texas’ Anti-Sanctuary City Law Can Be Enforced, Appeals Court Rules. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
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  62. Key, Pam (April 9, 2018). TX Gov Abbott: ‘Mathematical Need’ for National Guard to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
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  67. Hope, Merrill (May 2, 2017). Texas Governor Signs Anti-BDS Bill into Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  68. Hope, Merrill (June 9, 2017). Texas Governor, Israeli PM Reaffirm Strong Ties During Call. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  69. Hope, Merrill (June 16, 2017). Texas Enacts ‘Anti-Sharia’ Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  70. Wilson, Reid (June 2, 2017). Texas gov signs new voter ID plan. The Hill. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
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  71. Svitek, Patrick (June 15, 2017). Abbott vetoes 50 bills passed by Legislature. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  72. Hope, Merrill (August 14, 2017). Texas Inks Stiffer Penalties for Mail Ballot Voter Fraud. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  73. Hope, Merrill (May 25, 2017). Texas Governor Signs Law to Crackdown on Teacher Sex Misconduct. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  74. Price, Bob (June 17, 2017). Texas Makes Attacking Cops a Hate Crime. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  75. Blake, Andrew (May 25, 2017). Texas legislature broadens hate crime law to protect police officers, judges. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  76. Platoff, Emma (June 6, 2017). Gov. Abbott signs statewide ban on texting while driving. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  77. Hope, Merrill (June 8, 2017). Texting While Driving Ban Coming to Texas. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  78. Hope, Merrill (June 14, 2017). Texas Expands Ban on Female Genital Mutilation. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
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  82. Morris, Kyle (October 29, 2020). GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Back-the-Blue Pledge. Breitbart News Network. Retrieved October 31, 2020.

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