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 during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Texas Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, state officials announcedTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton  said other states joined the suit because the issue was of national importance.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans

Five Years Later, Voter ID Suit Still Moving Forward

In the latest step in a lawsuit that may end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law will face a fresh round of probing in New Orleans Tuesday. Critics charge that the law is a veiled attempt to cut into the electoral strength of the state’s growing minority population.

Gov. Greg Abbott poses with the Nelson family from Bedford, TX after signing their book at the trade show of the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 12, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott poses with the Nelson family from Bedford, TX after signing their book at the trade show of the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 12, 2016.

Speculation Rides Along With Abbott's Book Tour

Less than a year and a half into his term, Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be following a path traveled by his two predecessors — write a book, raise your profile and then? The first-term governor says he's not eyeing the presidency, but some of his supporters showing up to get their books signed wish he would.

Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.
Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.

Scenes from the Texas GOP Convention

Scenes from the 2016 state Republican Party convention in Dallas, Texas.

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

Analysis: Regardless of 2016 Results, Texas GOP Still Enthralled by Cruz

Ted Cruz, for perfectly sound reasons, packed the Republican Party of Texas convention with his own supporters. As of last week, he’s no longer a candidate for president of the United States, but he’s still the favorite here.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's book, “Broken But Unbowed,” was available for purchase for the first time at the Texas GOP convention on May 12, 2016.

In Book, Abbott Recalls Obama Battles, Defends Push for Convention of States

Gov. Greg Abbott's new book, “Broken But Unbowed,” recalls the accident that paralyzed Abbott for life, his battles with Washington, and his recent push for a convention of states to amend the Constitution.

Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.
Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

The Republican Party of Texas’ biennial convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars, to assess the current state of the party at the end of a rambunctious primary season, and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

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.