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 ...

Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.
Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.

Abbott: "Civil Discourse" Needed on Religious Freedom

A day after state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, came under fire for instructing staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to pledge their allegiance to the U.S., Gov. Greg Abbott called for civil discussions "so that everyone has the opportunity to weigh in on their beliefs."

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's Inside Texas Politics on Jan.25, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's Inside Texas Politics on Jan.25, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: A Quiet One and a Loud One

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey talk about the personal styles of Texas' new governor and lieutenant governor.

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott gives a speech at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference on Jan. 8, 2015.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott gives a speech at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference on Jan. 8, 2015.

Abbott Names New HHSC Watchdog

In one of his first moves as governor, Greg Abbott has tapped Stuart Bowen, Jr., the special inspector general who oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq, to be the chief watchdog at the state's embattled health agency.  

Gov. Greg Abbott and his family greet the crowd at the 2015 Texas Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott and his family greet the crowd at the 2015 Texas Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2015.

Black Tie Gala Closes Out Texas Inaugural Festivities

Three different musical acts — along with six cash bars — entertained an estimated 10,000 guests including lawmakers from both parties, legislative staff, Capitol lobbyists and some of the state’s top political donors to close out the day's inaugural festivities.

Governor- and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 20, 2015.
Governor- and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 20, 2015.

Pomp and Circumstance to Usher in New Abbott Era

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will officially drop the "elect" from their titles on Tuesday during an elaborate daylong inauguration celebration that has been months in the making. Cecilia Abbott will also make history as the first Latina first lady of Texas.

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott (left), Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht are shown in the House chamber on Jan. 13, 2015, the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott (left), Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht are shown in the House chamber on Jan. 13, 2015, the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.

Analysis: The New Guys and an Election Four Years Away

Sure, it's early to talk about the 2018 governor's race. But think about this legislative session and the new faces in state offices and the issues that are developing: This is what you'll be looking back on when that 2018 race starts to form. And the new governor and lieutenant governor could be at the center of that future conversation.