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 Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Republicans Vow a Religious Liberty Fight

Texas' Republican leaders suffered a historic loss on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court held that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional. But social conservatives vowed not to go down without a fight over religious liberty.

Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.
Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.

Abbott's Office Promised Help to Major Donor

A major donor to Gov. Greg Abbott sought and received immediate help from the office of the governor after complaining that Democrats and their top contributor were on the verge of defeating a controversial bill insurance companies wanted, records obtained by the Texas Tribune indicate. 

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, who leads Gov. Rick Perry's legal team, explains the felony indictments on August 18, 2014.

Tony Buzbee Wanted Top A&M Regents Post

Tony Buzbee, the Texas A&M University System regent who oversees former Gov. Rick Perry's dream team of criminal defense lawyers, asked the office of Gov. Greg Abbott a few months ago to consider him for chairman or vice chairman of the university system's governing board. It's another revelation from a treasure trove of emails obtained from Abbott's office.

Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas State Prayer Breakfast in Austin on May 4, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas State Prayer Breakfast in Austin on May 4, 2015.

Abbott Emails Predicted Ethics Reform Failure

Gov. Greg Abbott accurately predicted the death of ethics reform months ago and concluded in a candid and prescient email to top staffers that he would likely be forced to call one or more 30-day special sessions to push meaningful reforms through a recalcitrant Texas Legislature.

Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.
Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.

Emails Provide Rare Glimpse Into Abbott World

Dozens of emails obtained by the Tribune provide a rare peek into the private deliberations and impulses of Gov. Greg Abbott. The emails paint a portrait of a chief executive far more interested in the nitty-gritty of state policy than what’s known of his predecessor.

Gov. Greg Abbott at a Tax Day press conference on April 15, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott at a Tax Day press conference on April 15, 2015.

In First Session, Abbott Keeps Drama to a Minimum

Gov. Greg Abbott, who took office in January as an enigma to even Capitol veterans, has ended his first session with a reputation as a thoughtful behind-the-scenes player with a less aggressive approach than his predecessor had. If former Gov. Rick Perry enjoyed playing the role of actor in Austin's political theater, Abbott is much more at home as a producer, according to one longtime Capitol observer. 

Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.
Gov. Greg Abbott after signing Senate Bill 2065, the Pastor Protection Act, into law.

Abbott Vetoes Spousal Loophole

Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed legislation that would have opened up a new loophole allowing elected officials to cloak assets held by a spouse. State Rep. Sarah Davis, whose bills contained the controversial amendment, said she wound up adding her voice to those calling for a veto.

Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas State Prayer Breakfast in Austin on May 4, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas State Prayer Breakfast in Austin on May 4, 2015.

Abbott OKs Venue Change for Political Corruption Cases

Ignoring calls for a veto, Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial legislation this week that will allow elected officials and bureaucrats to bypass local prosecutors when they are accused of public corruption. Abbott, a Republican, signed the bill Thursday without making a statement or staging a public signing ceremony. 

Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.
Vantage Energy on June 1, 2015 resumed hydraulic operations on a pad site on the western outskirts of Denton. It was the first company to frack within city limits after the Texas Legislature overturned the Denton’s ban on the process.

Texas, Petroleum Industry Broaden Suits Against Denton

The Texas Oil and Gas Association and the General Land Office have expanded the scope of their lawsuits against Denton. Both are taking aim at the city’s moratorium on new gas drilling and the toothless fracking ban still on its books. 

Gov. Greg Abbott signs an open-carry bill passed by the state Legislature at Red’s Indoor Range, a gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville, Texas, on June 13, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs an open-carry bill passed by the state Legislature at Red’s Indoor Range, a gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville, Texas, on June 13, 2015.

At Shooting Range, Abbott Signs "Open Carry" Bill

In a bill-signing ceremony at a popular Central Texas gun store, Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday praised pro-gun groups and lawmakers for helping Texas ensure that the Second Amendment is alive and well in the Lone Star State. 

Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB #2065 into law on June 11, 2015 joined by Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and authors of the bill Sen. Craig Estes R-Wichita Falls and Rep. Scott Sanford R-McKinney
Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB #2065 into law on June 11, 2015 joined by Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and authors of the bill Sen. Craig Estes R-Wichita Falls and Rep. Scott Sanford R-McKinney

Abbott Signs "Pastor Protection Act" Into Law

Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed a bill Thursday that allows clergy members to refuse to conduct marriages that violate their beliefs, said that "pastors now have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights."

 

Gov. Greg Abbott signs several higher education related bills into law on June 4, 2015. He also praised state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, for her work in the most recent legislative session on education issues.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs several higher education related bills into law on June 4, 2015. He also praised state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, left, for her work in the most recent legislative session on education issues.

Abbott Tries Wooing General Electric to Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott is making good on his promise to pick up where his predecessor left off, using Texas' new tax-relief package to pitch the state's business climate to General Electric. Upset with a budget deal that raises Connecticut's corporate taxes, the international conglomerate is considering a move.