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 Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting of relocated people.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks to supporters of Congressman Will Hurd (background) during a Saturday afternoon appearance at Hurd's campaign headquarters in San Antonio.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks to supporters of Congressman Will Hurd (background) during a Saturday afternoon appearance at Hurd's campaign headquarters in San Antonio.

Abbott Pitches 'Rookie of the Year' Hurd to Hispanic Voters

Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday pitched freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, as the "rookie of the year" in his fight for re-election, while seeking to boost the lawmaker among the same voters that Democrats hope will be Hurd's downfall in November. 

Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott mingles with the crowd before speaking at a luncheon Thursday for the Waco Chamber of Commerce. In his remarks, Abbott expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas.

Abbott Expresses Caution on High-Speed Rail

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday expressed caution about high-speed rail in Texas, warning that any investment in transportation must not be a "money-losing proposition." 

 

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.

Abbott Says He's Fully Behind Trump, Hopes for Double-Digit Win in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing back against the suggestion that his support for Donald Trump is lukewarm, saying "of course" he is all in for the Republican presidential nominee — and that he hopes Trump wins Texas by double digits.

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.

Review of States with Voter ID Laws Found No Impersonation Fraud

Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis shows little evidence that such fraud is widespread.

 

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Lawyers: Fetal Remains Rule Could Lead to Lawsuit

In a new letter to the state, reproductive rights lawyers argue Texas' proposed rules requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains "will almost certainly trigger costly litigation."

 

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their 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 before the kick-off of a 37-mile march on Nov. 19, 2015, The march is designed to show their 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.

White House Seeks Another Chance in Immigration Case

The Obama administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the legality of the president's controversial immigration enforcement plan, which stalled last month when the high court deadlocked.

Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak on the Dallas police shootings at 5 p.m., joined by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. You can watch a livestream of the speech here, courtesy of KDFW FOX 4.

Watch Live: Gov. Abbott and Dallas Mayor Address Shootings

Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to speak on the Dallas police shootings at 5 p.m., joined by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. You can watch a livestream of the speech here, courtesy of KDFW FOX 4.

Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.
Hank Whitman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, took office May 1.

Pay Caseworkers and Fosters More, New Chief Says

In a wide-ranging interview, Hank Whitman, the new commissioner overseeing Child Protective Services, explains how he thinks he can turn around a child welfare agency crippled by low morale, high turnover and a spate of high-profile child deaths.