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Slideshow: Abbott Through the Years

As Greg Abbott — widely believed to be running for governor — waits for Monday's announcement on Gov. Rick Perry's political future, we've compiled a photographic retrospective of the Texas attorney general's life.

by Jay Root and Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Greg Abbott — widely believed to be running for governor — waits for Monday's announcement on Gov. Rick Perry 's political future, we've compiled a photographic retrospective of the attorney general's life. Photos taken before 2001 were provided by the Abbott campaign.

Greg Abbott in primary school.

A little league baseball portrait of Abbott.

Abbott (first row, second from left) with Boy Scout Troop 201 in Longview.

Abbott (right) competing in a relay race with the Duncanville High School track and field team in Duncanville.

Abbott in a Duncanville High School track and field competition.

26-year-old Abbott wearing a back brace at a Houston rehabilitation center after being paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging in 1984.

Abbott (second from left) with fellow Texas Supreme Court justices on May 9, 2001.

Abbott and Kirk Watson competing in a political debate during their race for Texas attorney general in October 2002 in Dallas. Watson, a former Austin mayor, is now a state senator.

Abbott prepares to speak at the first session of the Texas Republican convention in June 2010.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson swears Abbott in as attorney general on Jan. 3, 2011, following his re-election.

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