Greg Abbott, or better said Gregory Wayne “Greg” Abbott, became the Texas Attorney General back in 2002. He actually is the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve in this role.
Greg Abbott was born in November 13, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas. However, the general attorney was raised in Duncanville. He earned his BBA in finance in 1981, at the University of Texas. Only three years later Greg Abbott also earned his degree in law, this time at the Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. Abbott began his political career in Houston, where he first served as a state trial judge, position he occupied for no less than 3 years.
In 1996, Greg Abbott was appointed by George W. Bush for the Texas Supreme Court. Abbott was twice elected to the state’s highest civil court, in 1996 and 1998. Thanks to his amazing work and commitment, Greg Abbott always received appreciation. He received several awards, including the Jurist of the Year, Trial Judge of the Year and Appellate Judge of the Year.
In 2001, Greg Abbott decided to go back to private practice. However, this did not last for long. The next year Abbott began seeking the open attorney general’s position. In 2002 this position remained vacant and Abbott ran for it against Democratic nominee, Kirk Watson. He managed to defeat Watson with 57% to 41%.
In 2005, Greg Abbott, now the Texas General Attorney, decided to sue Sony BMG. In fact, Texas was the first state in the US to sue the company for illegal spyware. Numerous famous similar actions have brought Greg Abbott a lot of recognition. There is no wonder after all that Greg Abbott was re-elected in 2006. Back then, Abbott competed against David Van Os. He won re-election to a second term with 60% to 37%.
And that is not all. In 2010, Greg Abbott ran for an unprecedented third term. His re-election for the third time was quite surprising, as now Greg Abbott is the longest-serving Texas Attorney General in the history of the state of Texas. In fact, his victory against Barbara Ann Radnofsky was spectacular. Greg Abbott won with 64% to 34%.
There is no doubt in the fact that Greg Abbott has had a very successful career as Texas Attorney General. He managed to remain popular throughout the years and it is rumored that Abbott will be a possible candidate for Governor in 2014. We are about to see what will happen next in Greg Abbott’s career, but his success remains undeniable.