Tribpedia: Greg Abbott

On July 14, 2013, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy for governor of Texas, aiming to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who announced that his current term would be his last. 

Now serving his third term as attorney general, Abbott has been the state’s top lawyer longer than anyone in state history. He is only the second Republican since ...

A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.

Border Security Bill Passes Senate

An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was given final approval Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the near end of a months-long disagreement between the House and the Senate on issues like how to staff and spend on border security, and in what capacity to keep the Texas National Guard in the Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

A gas well last fracked in March sits less than 400 feet from a home in Denton, which just became Texas' first city to ban fracking.
A gas well last fracked in March sits less than 400 feet from a home in Denton, which just became Texas' first city to ban fracking.

With HB 40 Signed, Fracking to Resume in Denton

The first Texas town to ban hydraulic fracturing is poised to be fracked again. Vantage Energy plans to resume fracking operations at eight gas wells in Denton on June 1, the Colorado-based operator has told city officials. The city won't stand in its way. 

 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has problems with a proposed state budget that includes significant business franchise taxes during a Tax Day press conference on April 15, 2015.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has problems with a proposed state budget that includes significant business franchise taxes during a Tax Day press conference on April 15, 2015.

Abbott Says Texas Will Work to Follow Prison Rape Law

In a shift away from his predecessor Rick Perry, Gov. Greg Abbott has informed the U.S. justice department that Texas plans to comply as much as possible with a federal law that aims to prevent prison rape. 

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.
Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.

Cascos Wants to Move Past Voter ID, Partisan Politics

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos hopes his tenure represents a shifting tide in the office — away from partisan gridlock over voting, and toward bolstering Texas' relations with Mexico and improving life along the state's southern border. 

 

 

 

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015
Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015

The Brief: Lawmakers Distance Open Carry From Waco Shootout

Lawmakers are quick to say that the incident that left nine biker gang members dead wasn't relevant to the discussion of open carry despite some committee witnesses who attempted to draw a connection.

Gov. Greg Abbott discusses HB40 with the press prior to its ceremonial signing in the Governor's Reception Room on May 18, 2015. The bill gives the state exclusive control over regulation of oil and gas operations, and preempting local laws against fracking.
Gov. Greg Abbott discusses HB40 with the press prior to its ceremonial signing in the Governor's Reception Room on May 18, 2015. The bill gives the state exclusive control over regulation of oil and gas operations, and preempting local laws against fracking.

Abbott Signs "Denton Fracking Bill"

Saying Texas needs to avoid a “patchwork of local regulations” that threaten oil and gas production, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed legislation that would pre-empt local efforts to regulate a wide variety of drilling-related activities.

 

 

Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.

Analysis: Ethics at Center Stage, Hurting for Attention

In February, Gov. Greg Abbott asked lawmakers to dedicate this legislative session to ethics reform. With only two weeks left, he's still waiting. The most significant changes being proposed still haven’t been considered by the Texas House.

Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.
Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.

The Brief: Leadership Moves Toward Deal on Legislative Priorities

Amid the spectacle of bills dying in the House as part of Democrats' concerted effort to take out a controversial gay marriage bill came news that the legislative leadership might be close to hammering out a deal to resolve their major outstanding conflicts.

The House of Representatives on May 14, 2015.
The House of Representatives on May 14, 2015.

State Leaders Juggle Resolutions on Five Major Issues

Top state leaders were negotiating intensely — and optimistically — Thursday afternoon to secure compromises on five bills covering tax cuts, restraints on local property tax increases, border security, prosecutions of state ethics cases and open carry of handguns before the end of the current legislative session in less than three weeks. 

Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott annouces several emergency legislative items in his first State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.

Abbott Makes First Use of Texas Enterprise Fund

Gov. Greg Abbott has made his first use of the Texas Enterprise Fund to help bring a tractor maker to Grapevine. His office said Thursday that the company, Kubota Tractor and Credit Corporation, has been offered a $3.8 million grant from the so-called "deal-closing" fund.

DPS chief Steve McCraw outlines plans for the National Guard role securing the Texas border as Gov. Rick Perry, l, and Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listen on July 21, 2014.
DPS chief Steve McCraw outlines plans for the National Guard role securing the Texas border as Gov. Rick Perry, l, and Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listen on July 21, 2014.

Lawmaker "Encouraged" After Meeting With DPS Director

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that if lawmakers permit it, he will provide state Rep. Cesar Blanco with information about the state’s security operations on the border — a move that follows weeks of tense exchanges over how millions of border security dollars are being spent.