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Abbott was born in [[Wichita Falls]], Texas, on November 13, 1957, and was reared in Longview, Texas.<ref name="Directory"/> He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from UT-Austin and a law degree at [[Vanderbilt University]].<ref name="Directory"/>
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Abbott was born in [[Wichita Falls]], Texas, on November 13, 1957, and was reared in Longview, Texas<ref name="Directory"/> before graduating high school in [[Duncanville, Texas]].  He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from UT-Austin and a law degree at [[Vanderbilt University]].<ref name="Directory"/>
  
 
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In 2018, Abbott caved to the gun control lobby by canceling shotgun giveaway for a contest after left-wing gun control activists criticized him for it.<ref>Folley, Aris (May 21, 2018). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/388646-texas-governor-cancels-plans-of-shotgun-giveaway-days-after-school Texas governor cancels shotgun giveaway days after school shooting]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved May 21, 2018.</ref>
 
In 2018, Abbott caved to the gun control lobby by canceling shotgun giveaway for a contest after left-wing gun control activists criticized him for it.<ref>Folley, Aris (May 21, 2018). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/388646-texas-governor-cancels-plans-of-shotgun-giveaway-days-after-school Texas governor cancels shotgun giveaway days after school shooting]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved May 21, 2018.</ref>
  
On June 6, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law removing the state cap on the number of armed teachers allowed in school districts.<ref>Hawkins, Awr (June 6, 2019). [https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/06/greg-abbott-signs-bill-allowing-more-armed-teachers-texas-schools/ Greg Abbott Signs Bill Allowing More Armed Teachers in Texas Schools]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 7, 2019.</ref><ref>Barton, Regina (June 6, 2019). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/texas-governor-signs-bill-allowing-more-armed-teachers Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 7, 2019.</ref> To the consternation of left-wingers, Abbott signed some other pro-gun bills in 2019.<ref>Multiple references:
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On June 6, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law removing the state cap on the number of armed teachers allowed in school districts.<ref>Hawkins, Awr (June 6, 2019). [https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/06/greg-abbott-signs-bill-allowing-more-armed-teachers-texas-schools/ Greg Abbott Signs Bill Allowing More Armed Teachers in Texas Schools]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 7, 2019.</ref><ref>Barton, Regina (June 6, 2019). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/texas-governor-signs-bill-allowing-more-armed-teachers Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 7, 2019.</ref> To the consternation of left-wingers, Abbott signed several other pro-gun bills in 2019.<ref>Multiple references:
 
*Pearce, Tim (August 8, 2019). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/texas-will-allow-guns-in-churches-schools-after-el-paso-shooter-targeted-low-security-walmart Texas will allow guns in churches, schools after El Paso shooter targeted 'low security' Walmart]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
 
*Pearce, Tim (August 8, 2019). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/texas-will-allow-guns-in-churches-schools-after-el-paso-shooter-targeted-low-security-walmart Texas will allow guns in churches, schools after El Paso shooter targeted 'low security' Walmart]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
*Vertuno, Jim (August 8, 2019). [https://www.apnews.com/a69166e1f1074a0196deb70ef6e7f8b4 Texas relaxed gun laws after recent mass shootings]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved August 8, 2019.</ref>
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*Vertuno, Jim (August 8, 2019). [https://www.apnews.com/a69166e1f1074a0196deb70ef6e7f8b4 Texas relaxed gun laws after recent mass shootings]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
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*Fernandez, Marisa (September 1, 2019). [https://www.axios.com/texas-gun-laws-loosening-mass-shooting-19989b8a-3ece-4ac7-9cc4-f8c75fc419a8.html New Texas laws loosening gun restrictions officially go into effect]. ''Axios''. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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*Wise, Justin (September 1, 2019). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/459549-looser-gun-restrictions-go-into-effect-in-texas-after-deadly-mass Looser gun restrictions go into effect in Texas after deadly mass shootings]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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*Hawkins, Awr (September 1, 2019). [https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/01/texas-firearm-laws-change-benefit-self-defense-gun-use/ Texas Firearm Laws Change to Benefit Self-Defense Gun Use]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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*Fung, Esther; Findell, Elizabeth (September 1, 2019). [https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-texas-deals-with-recent-violence-looser-gun-laws-in-state-take-effect-11567379542 As Texas Deals with Recent Violence, Looser Gun Laws in State Take Effect]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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*Bufkin, Ellie (September 2, 2019). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/new-texas-law-allows-residents-to-flee-emergency-with-legally-owned-guns New Texas law allows residents to flee emergency with legally owned guns]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
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*Ozimek, Tom (September 3, 2019). [https://www.theepochtimes.com/texas-gun-laws-change-to-make-it-easier-to-carry-guns-for-self-defense_3066498.html Texas Gun Laws Change to Make it Easier to Carry Guns for Self-Defense]. ''The Epoch Times''. Retrieved September 3, 2019.</ref>
  
However, Abbott signed a bill into law in 2019 that created a $1 million gun storage safety campaign that Second Amendment supporters opposed because of the high potential of the program being used to promote gun control.<ref>Chamberlain, Samuel (June 16, 2019). [https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-governor-greg-abbott-budget-gun-storage-safety-nra-opposed Texas governor approves budget with gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 16, 2019.</ref> Additionally, Abbott undermined the freedom to conduct firearm sales without government interference.<ref>Silber, Clarice; Weber, Paul J. (August 22, 2019). [https://www.apnews.com/f0c1ce26cf104ba897ac205c9d5b91a1 Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved August 22, 2019.</ref>
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However, Abbott signed a bill into law in 2019 that created a $1 million gun storage safety campaign that Second Amendment supporters opposed because of the high potential of the program being used to promote gun control.<ref>Chamberlain, Samuel (June 16, 2019). [https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-governor-greg-abbott-budget-gun-storage-safety-nra-opposed Texas governor approves budget with gun storage safety effort opposed by NRA]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 16, 2019.</ref> Additionally, Abbott undermined the freedom to conduct firearm sales without government interference,<ref>Silber, Clarice; Weber, Paul J. (August 22, 2019). [https://www.apnews.com/f0c1ce26cf104ba897ac205c9d5b91a1 Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved August 22, 2019.</ref> among some other actions.<ref>Wolverton, Joe (January 2, 2020). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/34498-texas-gov-abbott-calling-for-new-fusion-centers-to-end-armed-violence Texas Governor Calling for New Fusion Centers to End Armed Violence]. ''The New American''. Retrieved January 2, 2020.</ref>
  
 
In the broader issue of self-defense, Abbott signed a bill into law legalizing brass knuckles for self-defense.<ref>Folley, Aris (August 14, 2019). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/457394-brass-knuckles-to-soon-be-legal-to-carry-in-texas-for-self-defense Texas set to end ban on brass knuckles]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 14, 2019.</ref>
 
In the broader issue of self-defense, Abbott signed a bill into law legalizing brass knuckles for self-defense.<ref>Folley, Aris (August 14, 2019). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/457394-brass-knuckles-to-soon-be-legal-to-carry-in-texas-for-self-defense Texas set to end ban on brass knuckles]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 14, 2019.</ref>
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*Price, Bob (April 10, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/04/10/texas-national-guard-troops-will-armed-says-governor/ Texas National Guard Troops Will Be Armed, Says Governor]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.</ref>
 
*Price, Bob (April 10, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/04/10/texas-national-guard-troops-will-armed-says-governor/ Texas National Guard Troops Will Be Armed, Says Governor]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.</ref>
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On January 10, 2020, Abbott announced Texas would reject the importation of refugees in the state.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Murphy, James (January 12, 2020). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/34598-texas-governor-state-will-refuse-new-refugees-in-accordance-with-trump-executive-order Texas Governor: State Will Refuse New Refugees in Accordance With Trump Executive Order]. ''The New American''. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
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*Horowitz, Daniel (January 13, 2020). [https://www.conservativereview.com/news/texas-gov-greg-abbott-chooses-taxpayers-truth-special-interests-virtue-signaling/ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott chooses his taxpayers and truth over special interests and virtue-signaling]. ''Conservative Review''. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
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*Binder, John (January 10, 2020). [https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/10/texas-governor-greg-abbott-first-in-u-s-to-halt-refugee-flow-into-his-state/ Texas Governor Greg Abbott First in U.S. to Halt Refugee Flow into His State]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
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*Dinan, Stephen (January 10, 2020). [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/10/texas-becomes-first-state-to-reject-refugees-under/ Texas becomes first state to reject refugees under new Trump veto]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
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*Pearce, Tim (January 10, 2020). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/gov-greg-abbott-says-texas-will-no-longer-accept-refugees Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will no longer accept refugees]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
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*Axelrod, Tal (January 10, 2020). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/477755-texas-governor-says-state-will-not-accept-new-refugees Texas governor says state will not accept new refugees]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
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*Merchant, Nomaan (January 10, 2020). [https://apnews.com/7329dbc3dcbf32534689831455fa4246 Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
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*Cuthbertson, Charlotte (January 12, 2020). [https://www.theepochtimes.com/texas-is-first-state-to-opt-out-of-accepting-refugees-in-2020_3201721.html Texas Is First State to Opt Out of Accepting Refugees in 2020]. ''The Epoch Times''. Retrieved January 12, 2020.</ref>
  
 
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*Marshall, Victoria (June 10, 2019). [https://townhall.com/tipsheet/victoriamarshall/2019/06/10/texas-governor-signs-law-protecting-free-speech-on-college-campuses-n2547867 Texas Governor Signs Law Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
 
*Marshall, Victoria (June 10, 2019). [https://townhall.com/tipsheet/victoriamarshall/2019/06/10/texas-governor-signs-law-protecting-free-speech-on-college-campuses-n2547867 Texas Governor Signs Law Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses]. ''Townhall''. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
 
*Schow, Ashe (June 10, 2019). [https://www.dailywire.com/news/48229/texas-gov-greg-abbott-signs-bills-protecting-free-ashe-schow Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bills Protecting Free Speech, Allowing Beer Delivery, And Banning Red Light Cameras]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved June 10, 2019.</ref>
 
*Schow, Ashe (June 10, 2019). [https://www.dailywire.com/news/48229/texas-gov-greg-abbott-signs-bills-protecting-free-ashe-schow Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bills Protecting Free Speech, Allowing Beer Delivery, And Banning Red Light Cameras]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved June 10, 2019.</ref>
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On November 4, 2019, Abbott began clearing up homeless camps in the state capital of Austin.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Givas, Nick (November 4, 2019). [https://www.foxnews.com/media/homeless-cleanup-austin-texas-greg-abbott As homeless camps continue to spring up in Austin, Gov. Abbott orders cleanup effort]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
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*Findell, Elizabeth (November 5, 2019). [https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-begins-clearing-homeless-from-austin-underpasses-11572993078 Texas Begins Clearing Homeless From Austin Underpasses]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
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*Findell, Elizabeth (November 7, 2019). [https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-governor-to-establish-campground-for-homeless-in-austin-11573153372 Texas Governor to Establish Campground for Homeless in Austin]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
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*Daugherty, Owen (November 7, 2019). [https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/469541-texas-governor-says-state-will-open-shelter-for-homeless-outside-austin Texas governor says state will open shelter for homeless outside Austin after camps in the city cleaned up]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
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*Weber, Paul J.; Silber, Clarice (November 7, 2019). [https://apnews.com/5764ea4721574bf3b4d346cd5486ab5f Texas governor opens homeless campsite amid feud with Austin]. ''Associated Press''. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
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*Phillips, Morgan (November 7, 2019). [https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-greg-abbott-homeless-campsite-austin-state-land Texas Gov. Abbott opens homeless campsite on state land in fight with Austin]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved November 8, 2019.</ref>
  
 
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Greg Abbott
Greg Abbott.jpg
48th Governor of Texas
From: January 20, 2015 – present
Lieutenant Dan Patrick
Predecessor Rick Perry
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
50th Attorney General of Texas
From: December 2, 2002 – January 5, 2015
Governor Rick Perry
Predecessor John Cornyn
Successor Ken Paxton
Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
From: 1996–2001
Predecessor Jack Hightower
Successor Xavier Rodriguez
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Cecilia Phalen
Religion Roman Catholic

Gregory Wayne "Greg" Abbott (born November 13, 1957[1]) is the conservative, pro-life Republican governor of Texas, a position which he has held since January 2015. Previously, he was an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1995 to 2001 and the attorney general of his state from 2002 to 2015.

As Governor of Texas, Abbott is largely under the influence of billionaire donors to his campaign, in a state that has no campaign contribution limits. The Koch brothers network, to whom Abbott has made presentations and from whom he has received large contributions, induced Abbott to push as a top priority the Convention of States resolution in 2017 and to shy away from meaningful socially conservative legislation during his tenure. In 2019 the Texas legislature did not enact any significant conservative bills, and instead, Gov. Abbott pushed unsuccessfully for an increase in the sales tax and advocated for banning businesses from asking for the criminal histories of potential employees.[2]

Abbott is expected to give up his seat in 2022 in order to run for president.

Early life

Abbott was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 13, 1957, and was reared in Longview, Texas[1] before graduating high school in Duncanville, Texas. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from UT-Austin and a law degree at Vanderbilt University.[1]

Early career

Abbott served from 1993 to 1995 as a trial judge on the 129th District Court.[1] In 1995, Texas governor George W. Bush appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court, and Abbott would remain a member of the court until he resigned in 2001.[1]

Attorney General

Abbott was first elected Texas AG in 2002.[1] He had a mostly conservative record and is known for successfully arguing before the Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry.[1] Abbott sued the federal government 27 times during his tenure as Attorney General, and he served in that position until he began his term as Texas governor in 2015.[1]

Texas governor

2014 election

Abbott won the 2014 election in a landslide, along with numerous other conservative Republicans.

Abbott won the 2014 general election with over 59 percent of the vote,[1][3][4] in an election that was a disaster for Democrats.[5][6] In the same election, the Tea Party made large gains in the state.[7] Abbott's campaign was praised for its effectiveness.[8]

2018 election

In the Republican primary held on March 6, 2018, Abbott polled 1,392,294 votes (90.4 percent) over two minor intra-party rivals.[9]

In the November 6 general election, Abbott will face one of two Democrats, the liberal Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County and an open lesbian, and Andrew White, son of the late former Governor Mark White. Valdez led White in the primary, 43 to 27. Abbott outpolled Valdez by nearly 956,000 votes in their respective party primaries.

Tenure

Abbott took office on January 20, 2015.[10] Abbott called a special session in 2017, ordering the legislature to focus on conservative priorities.[11] Despite Abbott's conservative views, some conservative commentators voiced their concerns that Texas bureaucrats were increasing Texas regulations and making it more like California.[12] However, the Trump Administration nominated several conservative judges who once were employees of Abbott,[13] and Abbott appointed several conservatives to the courts himself.[14]

Abortion

In late November 2016, Texas, under Abbott, approved new rules that would require aborted babies to receive a burial or cremation, proper for a real human being, rather than be disposed of in a sanitary landfill.[15][16] Despite the common sense on protecting human life, a federal judge ruled against the law in late January 2017.[17]

In June 2017, Abbott signed a major pro-life bill into law banning dismemberment abortions, banning the sale of the body parts of aborted babies, and requiring the remains of the babies be either buried or cremated rather than disposed of in an inhumane way.[18]

In June 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law banning local governments from funding abortion providers.[19][20] Shortly afterward, he signed a bill protecting babies who survive abortions.[21]

Gov. Abbott failed to make the Heartbeat Bill a priority in 2019 and it did not pass in the Texas House of Representatives. Abbott's spokesman issued an ambiguous statement claiming that Abbott is pro-life, yet not explaining why he allowed this bill to be blocked by Republicans.[22]

Religious liberty

On June 11, 2015, Abbott signed an act into law that gives pastors that right to refuse to "marry" homosexual couples if it violates their conscience.[23]

On May 21, 2017, Abbott signed Senate Bill 24 into law, preventing state or local governments from subpoenaing pastors' sermons.[24][25] This bill was inspired by an pro-homosexual "anti-discrimination" ordinance in Houston, where five sermons were subpoenaed.[24]

On June 15, 2017, Abbott signed H.B. 3859 into law, which gave adoption agencies to refuse to let homosexual couples adopt the children under their care due to religious reasons.[26] This law caused California, a left-wing Democrat state, to add Texas to its governmental travel ban list.[27]

On June 11, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law which protected private organizations from any type of punishment for actions they took because of their religious beliefs.[28]

Gun rights

On June 13, 2015, Abbott signed the campus carry (SB 11) and the open carry (HB 910) bills into law.[29] The campus carry law went into effect on August 1, 2015 and allows the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun on public college campuses, with private colleges being able to opt out.[29][30] The open carry bill went into effect on January 1, 2016 and allows the licensed carrying of handguns openly in all locations that allow concealed carry.[29][30][31] Texas is the 45th state to have open carry.[32] Later, in May 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law massively reducing handgun carry licence fees.[33][34]

In 2018, Abbott caved to the gun control lobby by canceling shotgun giveaway for a contest after left-wing gun control activists criticized him for it.[35]

On June 6, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law removing the state cap on the number of armed teachers allowed in school districts.[36][37] To the consternation of left-wingers, Abbott signed several other pro-gun bills in 2019.[38]

However, Abbott signed a bill into law in 2019 that created a $1 million gun storage safety campaign that Second Amendment supporters opposed because of the high potential of the program being used to promote gun control.[39] Additionally, Abbott undermined the freedom to conduct firearm sales without government interference,[40] among some other actions.[41]

In the broader issue of self-defense, Abbott signed a bill into law legalizing brass knuckles for self-defense.[42]

Illegal immigration and refugees

Abbott signed the 2015 Texas state budget into law, which provided for a record amount of spending for border security and enforcement.[43] Abbott vetoed almost $300 million in discretionary spending from the budget despite that.[44][45] The Texas legislature did not pass a bill to end "sanctuary cities", so Abbott took matters into his own hands and established a plan to "strip state grant funding from county sheriff's" who do not enforce the law.[46]

In September 2016, Abbott withdrew Texas from a federal refugee resettlement program after the Obama Administration rejected "specific security conditions" from the state.[47]

On February 1, 2017, Abbott blocked funding to Travis County after its left-wing sheriff introduced illegal "sanctuary city" policies to the county.[48][49] On May 7, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law which would criminally charge city or county officials who refuse to cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws and which gives the police the right to choose to check the immigration status of individuals if they choose, effectively banning "sanctuary" cities.[50][51][52] While a federal judge blocked portions of the law, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling.[53] In March 2018, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals again ruled in favor of the law.[54]

In April 2018, Abbott pledged to send 250 National Guard troops to the U.S.–Mexico border in accordance with President Donald Trump's order to send troops there,[55] and he defended the actions.[56] A few days later, Abbott increased the number of pledged troops to at least 1,000.[57]

On January 10, 2020, Abbott announced Texas would reject the importation of refugees in the state.[58]

Israel

Abbott signed three bills in 2017, one of which condemns the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and requires that every business that contracts for any Texas governmental unit not to boycott Israel,[59] and the other two ban government contractors from doing business with Iran, Sudan, or "designated foreign terrorist organizations"; and expand anti-Iran restrictions.[60]

State and national sovereignty

On June 14, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law prohibiting the use of any foreign law, including Sharia Law, in Texas courts.[61]

Voter fraud

On June 2, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law reinstating and modifying Texas's voter ID law.[62] Also in June 2017, Abbott vetoed a bill that would have allowed mail-in-ballot-only elections in some elections in rural counties because he thought the risk of voter fraud was too high for such a bill.[63] On August 11, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law increasing the penalty for mail-in ballot fraud.[64]

Other issues

A few days later, he signed a bill into law cracking down on sexual teacher-student relationships.[65] He also signed a bill into law expanding Texas's hate crime law to include crimes against police officers and judges.[66][67] On June 6, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law banning texting while driving in Texas.[68][69]

On June 9, 2017, Abbott signed a bill into law expanding Texas's ban on female genital mutilation.[70]

Polls in April 2018 showed Abbott "highly vulnerable" to the challenge of either of his two Democratic opponents, Lupe Valdez (the lesbian Dallas County Sheriff, who failed to pay her property taxes until late June 2018) or Andrew White (son of former Governor Mark White). Valdez and White competed in the May 22 runoff election for their party's nomination to contest Abbott's re-election bid; Valdez won. However, Abbott handily won re-election.

On June 1, 2019, Abbott signed a bill into law banning red light cameras.[71] He also signed a bill protecting free speech rights on college campuses.[72]

On November 4, 2019, Abbott began clearing up homeless camps in the state capital of Austin.[73]

Personal life

Abbott is married to Cecilia Phalen Abbott, who is the first Latina first lady of Texas.[10] He is the first Texas governor to use a wheelchair, having used it since being injured when an oak tree fell on him in 1984.[10] The Abbotts have an adopted daughter.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Governor Greg Abbott. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. Horowitz, Daniel (August 20, 2019). Who needs leftists? GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorses radical “ban the box” pro-criminal mandate on employers. Conservative Review. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. Root, Jay (November 4, 2014). Abbott Crushes Davis in GOP Sweep. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  4. Hoppe, Christy (November 5, 2014). Greg Abbott tops Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  5. Thorburn, Wayne (November 17, 2016). How the Democrats Lost Texas. Politico Magazine. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. Hamilton, Reeve (November 5, 2014). What Went Wrong With Battleground Texas? The Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  7. Grissom, Brandi (May 28, 2014). Tea Party Conservatives Win Top GOP Runoff Contests. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  8. Carney, Dave (February 6, 2015). How We Won Texas. Politico Magazine. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  9. Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 7, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fernandez, Manny (January 20, 2015). Texas’ New Governor Echoes the Plans of Perry. The New York Times. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  11. Price, Bob (June 6, 2017). Texas Governor Calls for Legislative Special Session for ‘Bathroom Bill’, Others. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  12. LENNON: Texas Bureaucrats Are Becoming More Regulation-friendly Than Obama. Breitbart News. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  13. Platoff, Emma (April 3, 2018). "A friendly vote on the court": How Greg Abbott's former employees could help Texas from the federal bench. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  14. Vertuno, Jim (March 7, 2019). Texas governor fills courts with GOP judges voters rejected. Houston Chronicle (from the Associated Press). Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  15. Stack, Liam (November 30, 2016). Texas Will Require Burial of Aborted Fetuses. The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  16. Perchick, Michael (December 1, 2016). New Texas provisions require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses. USA Today (from KVUE-TV). Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  17. Evans, Marissa (January 27, 2017). Federal court blocks Texas fetal remains burial rule. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  18. Multiple references:
  19. Berry, Susan (June 11, 2019). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Banning Funding of Abortion Providers. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  20. Freiburger, Calvin (June 11, 2019). Texas prohibits cities from doing business with abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  21. Clabough, Raven (June 18, 2019). Texas Governor Signs Bill to Protect Babies Born Alive During Abortions. The New American. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
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  22. https://thetexan.news/texas-heartbeat-bill-on-life-support-stalled-in-the-house/
  23. Crampton, Liz (June 11, 2015). Abbott Signs "Pastor Protection Act" Into Law. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Abbott Signs Bill Protecting Sermons from Subpoenas. The Texas Tribune (May 21, 2017). Retrieved on May 22, 2017.
  25. Abbott Signs Bill Preventing Government From Subpoenaing Sermons. CBS DFW (May 21, 2017). Retrieved on May 22, 2017.
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  28. Multiple references: See also:
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