Texas Governor Greg Abbott is an inspiration to many. Despite his struggles, Governor Abbott has succeeded in the political arena. He is the 48th Governor of the state of Texas and assumed office in January 2015. The Republican Governor ran against the Democratic candidate, Wendy Davis in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial elections.
The son of Calvin Roger Abbott, stockbroker and insurance agent, and Doris Lechristia Jacks, Gregory Wayne Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in the year 1957. He was a member of the track team at Duncanville High School in Dallas County, Texas and was voted by his peers as, “Most Likely to Succeed.” Abbott graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. After working in private practice, he served as a state trial judge. He has been married to Cecilia Phelan for 33 years and has one daughter.
After a bad storm in 1984, Abbott was jogging in River Oaks when a massive oak tree snapped and fell on him. The tree broke his back and several ribs. Although surgeons worked to repair the damage, Abbott was partially paralyzed from the accident. He has utilized a wheelchair for mobility since that time.
After resigning his court duties in 2001, Abbott served as Texas Attorney General from 2002 through 2015. While acting as Attorney General, Abbott established a Cyber Crimes unit to prosecute internet sex offenders who prey on children. He fought elderly abuse and Medicaid fraud, protected the right for the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public grounds and filed suit questioning the constitutionality of controversial healthcare reforms while in office.
Conclusion: Texas Governor, Greg Abbott is an encouragement to many, as he endeavors in his political career to protect the best interests of Texans. His conservative views continue to inspire Abbott to press forward to defend the constitution and the American way of life. Yes, the Governor is mobility impaired, but first, he is a child of God, a husband, father, and a citizen of Texas.
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