Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney and politician who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015.
A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015.
He is the first governor of any U.S.
state to permanently use a wheelchair since George Wallace left office in 1987.Abbott was the second Republican to serve as Attorney General of Texas since Reconstruction.
Prior to assuming the office of attorney general, he was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, a position to which he was initially appointed in 1995 by then-Governor George W.
He successfully advocated for the right of the state of Texas to display the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, in a 2005 United States Supreme Court case known as Van Orden v.