Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Elected to serve as the 48th Governor of State of Texas, Greg Abbott has a strong record of conservative leadership as Texas’ longest-serving Attorney General.
A husband and father, Governor Abbott has spent his career fighting to preserve Texas values like faith, family and freedom for future generations. As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Governor Abbott made protecting Texas communities the focus of his tenure as Texas’ longest-serving Attorney General.
Shortly after taking office as Attorney General, Governor Abbott established a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. During his time serving as Attorney General, he has collected more than $31 billion in child support for Texas children. In 2014, his office was recognized as the nation’s best child support program by the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
As a candidate for governor, Governor Abbott cast a vision to build a better future for Texas, a vision focused on creating jobs and economic opportunity, improving education, building transportation infrastructure and securing Texas’ border in the face of federal government inaction.
Prior to serving as the 50th Attorney General of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
A native Texan, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance, he received his 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, First Lady Cecilia Abbott, a former school teacher and principal, have been married for 33 years. They live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey. He is an avid sportsman and hunter.