Greg Abbott

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Full Name Greg Abbott
Age 62 Years Old
Nick Name Greg Abbott
Gender Male
Famous As Politician
Birth Date November 13th, 1957
Birth Place Wichita Falls

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Gregory Wayne Abbott is an American attorney and politician who has served as the 48th Governor of Texas since January 20, 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 and was the second Republican to serve as Attorney General of Texas since Reconstruction. 

‘Gun Rights’ Fan Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Turns Focus To Mental Health After El Paso Attack

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), an ardent “gun rights” supporter, tried desperately on Saturday to focus on “mental health” issues instead of such matters as easy access to assault rifles as he spoke following the slaughter at a Walmart in his home state that left at least 20 people dead.

Abbott once boasted he was “embarrassed” that Texas was second to California in gun sales. He insisted Saturday at a press conference that the state Legislature passed “bill after bill after bill” to protect students from school shootings after eight teenagers and two teachers were fatally shot last year at Santa Fe High School in Texas. One of the bills Abbott signed into law involved arming more teachers. None of the bills involved increased gun control. Abbott acknowledged that “we did not, as far as I know, evaluate for and plan for an incident like this,” referring to the Saturday shooting in El Paso.

Famous For

  • American attorney and politician as Governor of Texas.

Early Life of Greg Abbott 

Where was Greg Abbott born?

Abbott was born on November 13, 1957, in Wichita Falls, of English descent family. He holds American nationality with white ethnicity and his birth sign is Scorpio. He was raised by his mother, Doris Lechristia Jacks Abbott, who was a homemaker and his father, Calvin Roger Abbott, who was a stockbroker and insurance agent. His family moved to Longview when he was six years old and the family lived in the East Texas city for six years. His father died of a heart attack when he was in his second year of high school. Regarding his education, He graduated from Duncanville High School where he was on the track team in high school. 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.

On July 14, 1984, Abbott was paralyzed below waist-level when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging following a storm at the age of 26. He underwent surgery at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston and had two steel rods implanted in his spine. Since then, he uses a wheelchair. Later, He sued the homeowner and a tree service company, resulting in an insurance settlement that provides him with lump-sum payments every three years until 2022 along with monthly payments for life.

Body Measurements of Greg Abbott

There is no information available on this topic as the height and weight of Greg Abbott is unknown but will be updated soon. Additionally, Greg Abbott has a normal physique and uses a wheelchair as he was paralyzed when he was 26.

Career of Greg Abbott

  • Abbott's judicial career began in Houston, where he served as a state trial judge in the 129th District Court for three years.
  • Abbott was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court, and he was then twice elected to the state's highest civil court — in 1996 (two-year term) and in 1998 (six-year term). 
  • In 1998, Abbott defeated Democrat David Van Os by 60% to 40%.
  • In 2001, after resigning from the Supreme Court, Abbott went back to private practice and worked for Bracewell & Giuliani LLC.
  • In 2003, Abbott supported the Texas Legislature's move to cap non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases at $250,000, with no built-in increases for the rising cost of living.
  • On December 21, 2005, Abbott added new allegations to his lawsuit against Sony-BMG. 
  • Abbott ran for a third term in 2010. He defeated the Democratic attorney Barbara Ann Radnofsky of Houston and the Libertarian Jon Roland once again.
  • In January 2013, Abbott advertised on news sites to internet users with Albany, NY and Manhattan ZIP codes suggesting gun owners should migrate to Texas.
  • In early 2014, Abbott participated in strategy sessions held at the headquarters of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D. C. devising a legal strategy for dismantling climate change regulations.
  • In 2014, he argued in court that Texas should be allowed to prohibit same-sex marriage because LGBT individuals purportedly cannot procreate.
  • On July 14, 2013, Abbott formally announced his intention to run for Governor of Texas in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election.
  • Abbott defeated Davis by about 19 percentage points in the November general election.
  • Abbott formally announced his re-election campaign on July 14, 2017.
  • Abbott was sworn in as the governor of Texas on January 20, 2015.
  • On June 11, 2015, Abbott signed the "Pastor Protection Act," which allows pastors to refuse to marry couples if they feel doing so violates their beliefs.
  • In the November 6 general election, Abbott defeated Democratic nominee Lupe Valdez with about 56% of the vote.
  • Abbott declared February 2, 2015, as "Chris Kyle Day" in honor of the deceased United States Navy SEAL who was the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
  • On June 6, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law banning dismemberment and partial-birth abortions but The law was also blocked by a federal judge; the state said it would appeal.
  • On February 1, 2017, Abbott blocked funding to Travis County, Texas, due to its recently implemented sanctuary city policy.
  • In 2017, Abbott signed legislation to allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse same-sex families from adopting children.
  • In 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law enacting a statewide ban on texting while driving.

Additionally, 

  • Abbott is the 48th Governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. 
  • He is the first governor of any U.S. state since George Wallace to permanently use a wheelchair.
  • Abbott was the second Republican to serve as Attorney General of Texas since Reconstruction.

Personal Life of Greg Abbott

Who is Greg Abbott married to?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is married to Mexican-American Cecilia Phalen Abbott, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants in San Antonio in 1981.  They also have one adopted daughter, Audrey.

Birthday of Greg Abbott

Texas Gov. Abbott Greg Abbott celebrates his birthday on the 13th of November. Currently, he is 61 years old.

Net worth of Greg Abbott

As of 2019, The Net worth of Greg Abbott is under evaluation.