Greg Abbott Biography
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Greg Abbott is an American businessman, politician, attorney, and former jurist who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since 2015. He was born on November 13, 1957. A member of the Republican Party, Greg served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015 and as a member of the Texas Supreme Court from the year 1996 to 2001. He was elected governor in the year 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
Greg is the first governor of Texas and the third governor of a U.S. state to use a wheelchair. As governor, he supported the Donald Trump administration and has promoted a conservative agenda—including measures against abortion such as the Texas Heartbeat Act, more lenient gun laws as well as fewer restrictions, opposition to illegal immigration, support for law enforcement funding, and election reforms.
In response to the power crisis following a February 2021 winter storm, Greg called for reforms to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) as well as signed a bill requiring power plant weatherization. Abbott’s approach to handling the COVID-19 pandemic has been controversial, as Greg has opposed implementing face mask and vaccine mandates while blocking local governments, businesses, and other organizations from implementing their own.
In 2021, Greg announced that Texas would extend the Trump border wall that was canceled by the Biden administration.
Greg Abbott Age
Greg is 64 years old as of 2021, he was born on November 13, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas, the United States as Gregory Wayne Abbott.
Greg Abbott Height
Greg stands at an average height. There is, however, no detailed information about his height, weight, and body measurements. We will update this section once this information is available.
Greg Abbott Education
Greg graduated from Duncanville High School. Greg was on the track team in high school, was in the National Honor Society, and was voted (Most Likely to Succeed.)
In 1981, Greg earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where Greg was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Young Republicans Club.
Greg met his wife, Cecilia Phelan while attending UT Austin. In 1984, Greg earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. Greg went into private practice, working for Butler and Binion, LLP between 1984 and 1992.
Greg Abbott Family
Greg is the son of Doris Lechristia Jacks Abbott and Calvin Rodger Abbott. Greg was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, of English descent. Greg’s mother, Doris Lechristia Jacks Abbott, was a stay-at-home wife and his father, Calvin Rodger Abbott, was a stockbroker as well as an insurance agent.
When Greg was 6 years old, they moved to Longview; the family lived in the East Texas city for 6 years. At the beginning of junior high school, Greg’s family moved to Duncanville. In his sophomore year in high school, Greg’s father died of a heart attack; his mother went to work in a real estate office.
Greg Abbott Wife
Greg is married to his beloved wife Cecilia Phalen Abbott, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. They were married in San Antonio in the year 1981. Greg’s election as governor of Texas made her the first Latina to be First Lady of Texas since Texas joined the union. Greg and his wife Cecilia have one adopted daughter, Audrey. Cecilia is a former school teacher as well as a principal.
Greg Abbott Children
Greg and his wife Cecilia have one adopted daughter, Audrey.
Greg Abbott Net Worth
Greg has an estimated net worth of $5 million – $10 million dollars as of 2022. Which he earns through his career as a businessman, politician, attorney, and former jurist.
Greg Abbott Accident and Injury
On July 14, 1984, at age 26, Greg was paralyzed below the waist when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging following a storm. Greg had two steel rods implanted in his spine, underwent extensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, and has used a wheelchair ever since.
Greg sued the homeowner and a tree service company, resulting in an insurance settlement that provides him with lump-sum payments every 3 years until 2022 along with monthly payments for life; both are adjusted (to keep up with the rising cost of living). As of August 2013, the monthly payment amount was US$14,000. Greg said he had relied on the money to help him pay for nearly 3 decades of medical expenses and other costs.
Greg Abbott Governor of Texas
In July 2013, shortly after Governor Rick Perry announced that he would not seek a fourth full term, Greg announced his intention to run for Governor of Texas in the year 2014 Texas gubernatorial election.
In the first six months of 2011, Greg raised more money for his campaign than any other Texas politician, reaching $1.6 million. The next highest fundraiser among state officeholders was Texas comptroller Susan Combs with $611,700.
Greg won the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, with 91.5 percent of the ballots cast. Greg faced state senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth in the general election.