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How the Texas AG’s office became a pipeline for conservative federal judges

In just a few decades, the Texas attorney general’s office became a powerhouse in national legal fights over abortion, health care and immigration. Here’s a timeline of how it happened.

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1998: John Cornyn elected attorney general

2002: Greg Abbott elected attorney general

2008: President Barack Obama elected

2014: Ken Paxton elected attorney general

2016: President Donald Trump elected

2020: President Joe Biden elected 

2023: Paxton impeached

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Courts Politics State government Attorney General's Office Greg Abbott John Cornyn Ken Paxton