Gala 2020 Speaker, Governor Greg Abbott


About Our Guest Speaker
Governor Greg Abbott

As the 48th Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family, and freedom.

Under Governor Abbott’s strong leadership and careful stewardship of the 10th-largest economy in the world, the Lone Star State leads the nation in job creation, and recently reached record low unemployment rates.

Promises made, promises kept. Landmark legislation was passed in the recent 86th Legislative Session that included all of Governor Abbott’s priorities to address the state’s most pressing issues:

  • Passing meaningful property tax reforms and providing $5 billion to rein in skyrocketing property taxes for homeowners, renters, and businesses
  • Investing more in our classrooms, paying our teachers more, creating a school funding structure based on student needs, and keeping more tax dollars local
  • Keeping Texas students and teachers safe by hardening our schools and expanding access to mental health care
  • Combatting human trafficking and sexual assault, and providing resources to tackle the rape kit backlog in Texas
  • Providing $3 billion in relief for Harvey-impacted areas, improving disaster preparedness and response, and making our communities more resilient to natural disasters.

Before his election in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas, where he earned a national reputation for defending religious liberty and protecting Texas communities and children. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.

A native Texan and avid sportsman and hunter, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.

Governor Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a recent college graduate.