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 ...

Lawyers for Texas Talk Strategy on SCOTUS Immigration Hearing

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, Solicitor Attorney General Scott Keller and Chip Roy, the first assistant attorney general, spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.
A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

As Feds Plan to Cut Border Monitoring, Texas Officials Ask Why

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Abbott Likely to "Weigh In" on 2016 Race Before Texas Primary

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he plans to "weigh in" on the 2016 presidential race ahead of the Texas primary, raising the possibility of an endorsement before March 1. "I will be weighing in on that, I suspect, before it's all over with," Abbott said in an interview on Dallas radio.

A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis  greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.
A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.

Border Catholics Wonder What Message Pope Francis Will Bring

As preparations continue for Pope Francis' visit next month to Ciudad Juárez, the region's Catholics are speculating whether the outspoken pontiff will use the opportunity to take the Mexican and U.S. governments to task for issues such as immigration, poverty and corruption.

Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.
Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Provision of Border Security Law

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, a national civil rights group announced Monday that it is suing the state. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed suit Sunday against Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the Texas Public Safety Commission, which oversees the DPS. 

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Obama's Immigration Program

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to consider the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, which has been on hold for nearly a year after being blocked by a Texas-based federal judge.

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Analysis: Greg Abbott's Constitutional Changes Require a Salesman

Gov. Greg Abbott must get his plan to amend the U.S. Constitution through his own statehouse and 33 others, a task that will require persuasive abilities he hasn’t exhibited in his first year as governor. 

Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

GOP Leaders Mostly Quiet on Abbott Plan to Amend Constitution

Three days after Gov. Greg Abbott called for a convention of states to dramatically amend the U.S. Constitution, few high-ranking Republicans in Texas have publicly backed his proposal. Their silence underscores the divisions among conservative grassroots about Abbott's plan. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

Abbott Jumped Gun on Terror Suspect Arrest

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott discussed details about a terror suspect arrested in Texas Thursday while the case was still sealed, but a federal prosecutor downplayed the impact. 

Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Abbott Calls on States to Amend U.S. Constitution

In a fresh — but long shot — assertion of states’ rights, Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday called for a convention of U.S. states to pass nine new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, measures meant to limit the powers of the federal government.

Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.
Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.

Analysis: Budget Battle Might Seem Boring, But Don't Doubt Its Impact

Some of the most important debates in government and politics are complicated — and boring. That gives the combatants some safety from voters who are preoccupied with battles that are easier to understand. Want an example? Look no further than the faceoff over state budget vetoes.

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.

Texas-Mexico Border Apprehensions Dipped in 2015

The number of people apprehended by immigration agents while trying to enter Texas illegally dropped by more than 35 percent during the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday. That's unlikely to allay the concerns of Texas' GOP leaders.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

Attorney General's Office: Abbott's Budget Vetoes Should Stand

Gov. Greg Abbott was well within his powers when he vetoed more than $200 million in funds approved by the Texas Legislature this year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office wrote in an opinion issued Monday.

 

Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.
Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.

State Explores Flexing Legal Muscles on Immigration

Crafted carefully, state laws can be written that would allow Texas to crack down on undocumented immigrants and illegal border crossers without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a state attorney told lawmakers recently, including legislation to ban "sanctuary cities."

WWE Wrestlemania 28, The Rock vs John Cena on April 1, 2012.
WWE Wrestlemania 28, The Rock vs John Cena on April 1, 2012.

Texas Taxpayers Foot $2.7 Million Bill for WrestleMania

Gov. Greg Abbott has committed $2.7 million in taxpayer dollars to bring WrestleMania to AT&T Stadium in Arlington next year, one of 20 events his office has approved funding for since September. During his 2014 campaign for governor, Abbott expressed discomfort with such taxpayer-funded economic incentives.