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 ...

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are expected to attend a noon prayer rally Tuesday at the state Capitol Tuesday hosted by Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham. Last year, we interviewed Patrick and others for God & Governing, our award-winning, documentary-style examination of the role personal faith plays in Texas politics.

Sen. Troy Fraser R-Horseshoe Bay on floor April 23
Sen. Troy Fraser R-Horseshoe Bay on floor April 23

On Way Out of Office, Some Lawmakers Keep Spending

If retiring Texas Sen. Troy Fraser is looking for a country music song to describe his recent months in office, “I’ve Been Everywhere” might do the trick. In the second half of 2015, he tapped his campaign account to pay for travel to France, Hawaii, Colorado, California and South Carolina. Nothing bars lawmakers from spending campaign cash on the way out the door, but they vary in how they do it. 

Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.

Texas Health Commissioner Reportedly Retiring

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor plans to retire at the end of May after 11 months on the job, according to sources briefed on the decision.

 

Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.
Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.

Years Later, Benefits from State Subsidy to Chevron Hard to Find

Texas announced in 2013 it was giving Chevron millions of dollars toward building a new office tower in Houston and creating 1,752 jobs. More than two years later, the building site remains a grassy lot and Chevron has laid off hundreds of workers. Yet the company is still in compliance with its state subsidy, according to Gov. Greg Abbott's office.

A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.
A new fuel pump sticker issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture puts tax blame on Congress and the Legislature while placing Commissioner Sid Miller's name in greater prominence.

With New Pump Stickers, Miller Boosts Profile, Dings Lawmakers

A new sticker for the state's gas pumps comes with a few additional flourishes: Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's name emblazoned across the top and a disclaimer blaming gas taxes on Congress and the Texas Legislature. 

 

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Texas to Make its Case in Supreme Court Against Immigration Action

Almost a year and a half after President Obama announced his executive action on immigration, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday over the program. Attorneys for the state of Texas have argued that the issue at hand is about the rule of law and preventing presidential overreach. Look back at the various actions and decisions related to the case.

From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Analysis: Legal Matters Could Temporarily Expand Abbott’s Power

Texas doesn’t have a cabinet form of government, but in Gov. Greg Abbott’s case, it might soon have the next best thing. If the wheels of justice turn against Ken Paxton, Sid Miller or both, forcing or prompting one or both to leave office, Abbott would have vacancies to fill.

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016
Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016

Judge Blocks Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

A federal judge has blocked part of the state’s omnibus border security bill that makes harboring undocumented immigrants a state crime. In his order, U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezta said the provision could be pre-empted by federal immigration laws. 

From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Analysis: A Tough Day for the Class of 2014 in Texas Politics

Some of the state officeholders elected in 2014 face struggles to gain control of their government, political and legal duties. They're looking like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, or the 1962 Mets. But the stakes are more serious than that.

Is Your Governor Running for President in 2020?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has a book coming out next month, which raises a question — just like it did when George W. Bush and Rick Perry picked up their pens and started writing. To help you work out the answer, we’ve prepared a simple guide to help determine whether your governor — wherever you are, whatever state you’re in — is going to run for even higher office.

Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas makes his way through Carrizo cane, an invasive plant species that lines the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, TX. while searching for a group of undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river on Mar. 8, 2016.
Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas makes his way through Carrizo cane, an invasive plant species that lines the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, TX. while searching for a group of undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river on Mar. 8, 2016.

New Carrizo Eradication Effort Reignites Old Debate

A state plan to eradicate invasive Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande — cited by Gov. Greg Abbott as a border security priority — is finally getting some funding after sitting dormant for almost a year. But environmental groups are ramping up to protest use of herbicides and aerial spraying to wipe out the pesky plant.

Gov. Greg Abbott greets Zavala Elementary schoolchildren in the hallway of the east Austin school on the first day of classes August 24, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott greets Zavala Elementary schoolchildren in the hallway of the east Austin school on the first day of classes August 24, 2015.

Emails Show Abbott’s Involvement at Child Welfare Agency

Six days after Gov. Greg Abbott took office, he faced the first death of a child under state care. Emails obtained by The Texas Tribune capture his staff's efforts, and frustrations, trying to fix the state's embattled foster care system even when that meant radical changes to an agency ill-equipped to handle them.

Governor Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the Governor’s Commission for Women at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 30th.
Governor Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the Governor’s Commission for Women at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, TX on Wednesday, March 30th.

Abbott Writes Book on Life, Convention of States

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will publish his first book next month, 16 months into his first term. "Broken But Unbowed" will recount his life story and advance his push for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution, his political shop announced Monday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on March 14, 2016 dismissed President Obama's criticisms of the state's efforts to improve voter turnout, arguing that the state must crack down on "rampant" voter fraud.

Abbott Rejects Obama Criticism of Texas Voter Turnout Efforts

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott repudiated President Barack Obama’s recent criticisms of the state’s voter laws on Monday, arguing that Texas must remain vigilant against voter fraud. "The fact is that voter fraud is rampant," Abbott said in response to Obama's suggestion last week that Texas leaders are uninterested in improving voter turnout.

President Obama talked about civic engagement in a digital age during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on March 11, 2016.
President Obama talked about civic engagement in a digital age during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on March 11, 2016.

Analysis: Low Voter Turnout in Texas Gets Obama's Attention

Perhaps it’s not in the best interests of the people now in office in Texas — whatever their party labels — to change the electoral setup that put them in office. That might be why there's not a vigorous voter registration drive led by the state's top elected officials.

Bobby Epstein, Chairman and CEO of Circuit of the Americas, speaks at a press conference concerning F1's return to COTA at the COTA Downton Paddock on March 9, 2016.
Bobby Epstein, Chairman and CEO of Circuit of the Americas, speaks at a press conference concerning F1's return to COTA at the COTA Downton Paddock on March 9, 2016.

F1 Organizers Hope Taylor Swift Brings Them Out of the Woods

After months of speculation that the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin could be canceled this year, organizers say the race is on — and they're bringing in Taylor Swift on race weekend to help shake off the organization’s financial woes.