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  Abbott, Greg
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationRepublican  
  2002-12-02  
 
NameGreg Abbott
AddressP.O. Box 12548 300 W. 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78701, United States
EmailNone
WebsiteNone
Born November 13, 1957 (60 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 06, 2015 07:53pm
Tags Married - Paraplegic - Catholic -
InfoAttorney General Greg Abbott, 45, was elected the 50th Attorney General of Texas by a margin of almost 700,000 votes. Abbott was a State District Judge, a Bush appointee and was twice elected as a Texas Supreme Court Justice.

A legal scholar and outstanding jurist, General Abbott has been honored with numerous awards over the course of his tenure on the bench. The Texas Review of Law and Politics hailed him as "Jurist of the Year." The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists named Abbott "Trial Judge of the Year," while the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates awarded Abbott "Appellate Judge of the Year."

Additionally, Texas newspapers have commented on General Abbott's outstanding judicial background and experience. The Dallas Morning News endorsed Abbott on 10/25/02, saying, "The Duncanville native has the intelligence, experience and professionalism to make a very fine attorney general." The Bryan-College Station Eagle said on 10/20/02, "He has the integrity and the commitment Texans want in their attorney general." And the Amarillo Globe-News said on 10/04/02, "It is Abbott's wealth of experience in the justice system and long track record of judicial bipartisanship that make him the best candidate."

Prior to being appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1995, Greg Abbott served three years as a District Judge in the 129th District Court in Houston, where he was one of the most highly-rated Harris County Judges. General Abbott was elected twice to the Texas Supreme Court, receiving more votes than any other candidate for statewide office in 1996 and over 60% of the vote in 1998.

As a member of the Texas Supreme Court, General Abbott consistently applied the conservative judicial philosophy of restraint and strict construction.

In addition to his experience as a judge and lawyer, General Abbott has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Law School, where he taught Texas Constitutional Law. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Chapter of the Goodwill Industries; served on the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption; served as VP for Legislative Affairs of Justice for All, Texas' leading victim's rights organization, and; continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation.

A native Texan, Greg Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance in 1981, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1984. Partially paralyzed in 1984 when struck by a falling tree while jogging, Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former school teacher and principal, have been married for 21 years. They live in Austin with their six-year-old daughter, Audrey.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
04/03/2017-04/09/2017 Texas Lyceum 53.00% ( 0.0) 30.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0)
10/23/2015-10/24/2015 Dixie Strategies 56.98% ( 0.0) 29.53% ( 0.0) 13.48% ( 0.0)
08/09/2004-08/26/2004 Scripps-Howard 41.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
10/30/2015-11/08/2015 YouGov 44.00% ( 0.0) 30.00% ( 0.0) 27.00% ( 0.0)
10/10/2014-10/19/2014 University of Texas-Austin 47.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 19.00% ( 0.0)
10/01/2014-10/02/2014 Rasmussen Reports 57.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Aug 15, 2012 04:05pm News What Does the Texas Attorney General Do For Fun? “Sue the Obama Administration”  Article Scott³ 
May 01, 2012 05:00pm News Texas Attorney General Compares Planned Parenthood To Terrorist Organization   Article TX DEM 

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RACES
  03/06/2018 TX Governor - R Primary ???
  11/04/2014 TX Governor Won 59.27% (+20.37%)
  03/04/2014 TX Governor - R Primary Won 91.49% (+87.06%)
  11/02/2010 TX Attorney General Won 64.06% (+30.40%)
  03/02/2010 TX Attorney General - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 TX Attorney General Won 59.50% (+22.26%)
  03/07/2006 TX Attorney General - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 TX Attorney General Won 56.72% (+15.64%)
  11/03/1998 TX Supreme Court Justice (Place 5) Won 60.11% (+20.22%)
  11/05/1996 TX Supreme Court Justice (Place 5) Won 84.11% (+68.21%)
  01/02/1996 TX Supreme Court Justice (Place 5) - Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  03/04/2014 TX Attorney General - R Primary Lost 0.00% (-44.45%)
ENDORSEMENTS
TX US President - R Primary - Mar 01, 2016 R Ted Cruz
NE US Senate - R Primary - May 15, 2012 R Jon Bruning