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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

P.O. Box 12428
512-463-2000

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.

Governor Abbott's vision for a better future for Texas is founded on economic opportunity, education excellence and limited government. His detailed Bicentennial Blueprint helped drive a successful 84th Legislative Session and included accomplishments such as: cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth; improving Texas roads; focusing on quality education; securing the border; and expanding protection of Texans' constitutional rights.

Prior to his election as governor in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas. As the state's chief law enforcement official, he made protecting Texas communities the focus of his tenure.

Shortly after taking office, then-Attorney General Abbott established a Cyber Crimes Unit to arrest criminals who use the Internet to prey upon children; a Fugitive Unit to arrest convicted sex offenders who violate their parole; and an expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to crack down on elder abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. He collected more than $31 billion in child support for Texas children, and his office was recognized as the nation's best child support program in 2014 by the National Child Support Enforcement Association.

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 an avid sportsman and hunter, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance, he received his 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, have been married for 35 years. She is a former teacher and principal and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. They have one daughter, Audrey, a college student.

Recent News

Governor Abbott Applauds TWC's $296,000 Career Training Grant Award To Weatherford College

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on Aug 4th, applauded the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarding Weatherford College a grant for more than $296,000 to support career training. The Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant will help the public…

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Governor Abbott Lauds West Texas' Economic Ingenuity At West Texas Legislative Summit In San Angelo

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on Aug 4th, lauded Texas' booming economic success and the undeniable contributions of West Texas at the 18th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit in San Angelo. Addressing a large crowd at Angelo State…

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Governor Abbott Congratulates Southwest Texas Junior College on $296,000 Career Training Grant

AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on Aug 4th, congratulated Southwest Texas Junior College on receiving a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) for more than $296,000 to support career training. The Jobs and Education for Texans (JET)…

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Governor Abbott Champions Texas' Ongoing Broadband Expansion In Greenville

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on Aug 3rd, received the Broadband Champion Award from Connect the Future Texas for leading state efforts to increase broadband access for all Texans during a press conference at Hunt Regional Medical Center in…

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Governor Abbott To Deliver Remarks At West Texas Legislative Summit In San Angelo

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott will discuss Texas’ booming economic success at the 18th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit on Thursday, August 4 in San Angelo. Hosted by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, the West Texas Legislative…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Vadnais As Student Regent For Stephen F. Austin State University

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Paige Vadnais as the student regent for the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents (SFA) for a term set to expire on May 31, 2023. The board of regents is authorized by the Texas…

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Governor Abbott Invites Mayors Of NYC, DC To Texas Border

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on Aug 1st, sent a letter to New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, inviting the mayors to visit Texas’ southern border to see the humanitarian crisis firsthand. Local…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For August 2022

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on August 2nd, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $305.5 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of…

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Operation Lone Star Combatting Record Numbers Of Illegal Immigrants, Criminal Activity

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Commends TWC's $247,000 Job Training Grant To South Plains College

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 29th, commended the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) award of more than $247,000 in Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant funding to South Plains College in West Texas. TWC Chairman and Commissioner…

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Governor's Committee Extends Submission Deadlines for Employment Awards AND NDEAM Poster Art Competition

2022 Poster Art Entries! Extended Deadline for Entries! Nomination deadlines have been extended for the 2022 Lex Frieden Employment Awards and for entries for the 2022 Poster Art Competition. The deadline for entries in the 2022 NDEAM…

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Governor Abbott Commends TWC's $247,000 Job Training Grant To South Plains College

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 29th, commended the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) award of more than $247,000 in Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant funding to South Plains College in West Texas. TWC Chairman and Commissioner…

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Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program Update - July 28, 2022

Dear Texas Travel Industry Stakeholders, Small Businesses, & Economic Development Partners: Earlier this month, the Office of the Governor announced the launch of the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR), which began…

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Governor Abbott Commends Passage of Critical Semiconductors Legislation

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 28th, issued a statement commending the United States Congress for passing the CHIPS Act of 2022 to promote the research, development, and fabrication of semiconductors within Texas and the United States. …

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Operation Lone Star Combatting Record Numbers Of Illegal Immigrants, Criminal Activity

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and interdict…

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Governor Abbott Applauds TWC's $1.5 Million Job Training Grants To Ranger Community College

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on July 27th, commended the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) award of more than $1.5 million in state-funded job training grants to Ranger College. The Erath County community college was presented with two checks by…

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Governor Abbott Provides $1.25 Million Grant To Uvalde School District For Trauma-Informed Counseling

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on July 27th, announced the Governor's Public Safety Office (PSO) is providing $1.25 million to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD). The funds will provide counseling, trauma-informed care,…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Celebrate the ADA's 32nd Anniversary on July 26, 2022! On July 26, 1990, President, and fellow Texan, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, calling it a long overdue “independence day” for…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Sellers to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Deaf

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kathy Sellers to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2027. The board oversees the provision of all School for the Deaf services and is…

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Governor Abbott Renews Disaster Declaration For Uvalde County In July 2022

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, do hereby certify that the shooting that occurred on May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary School in the City of Uvalde has caused widespread and severe damage,…

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On State’s Ongoing Wildfire Response Efforts In Glen Rose

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 23rd, provided an update on the State of Texas' ongoing coordinated wildfire response efforts at a press conference following a briefing with state and local officials in Glen Rose. Earlier this week, the…

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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Retention Payments

Initial report is due by August 15, 2022. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) implements American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Retention payments. HHSC is providing funds to…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Johnson To 47th Judicial District Court

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dee Johnson to the 47th Judicial District Court in Armstrong, Potter, and Randall Counties for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor is duly elected and qualified. Dee…

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Governor Abbott, Texas Music Office Congratulate City of Frisco Being Named Host For 2023 ACM Awards

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Music Office on July 22nd, congratulated the City of Frisco on being named the selected location for the 58th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. The 58th ACM Awards will mark a return to…

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Operation Lone Star Buses Thousands Of Migrants To Nation's Capital

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Urges U.S. Congress To Pass Critical Semiconductors Legislation

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 21st, issued a statement urging the United States Congress to pass the CHIPS Act of 2022 to promote the research, development, and fabrication of semiconductors within Texas and the United States. …

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A Fond Farewell to Kim LeBlanc

On July 21st, we have the bittersweet privilege of announcing that our longtime Production & Community Relations Specialist, Kim LeBlanc, is officially moving on from the Texas Film Commission to begin a new and exciting opportunity as the Film…

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Governor Abbott Celebrates Texas Leading Nation For Job Growth In June

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 22nd, applauded the Texas Workforce Commission’s release of June employment numbers showing continued economic expansion as Texas led the nation for jobs added in June, as employers added 82,500…

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Governor Abbott Directs Coordinated State Response To Widespread Wildfire Conditions Across Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 19th, encouraged Texans to remain vigilant during increased wildfire activity this week as the State of Texas continues ongoing coordinated wildfire response efforts through the Texas Division of Emergency…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Texas House Investigative Report Into Shooting in Uvalde

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on July 18th, released a statement on the Texas House of Representatives' investigative report into the shooting at Robb Elementary School: “I want to thank Speaker Phelan and the Texas House for their…

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National Association Of The Deaf: Innovating For Opportunity In The 21st Century

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and its state affiliate the Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) are among our nation’s oldest Deaf advocacy organizations, serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans for more than 142 years. NAD…

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Governor Abbott Announces Harker Heights Designated As Music Friendly Community

AUSTIN ? Governor Greg Abbott on July 18th, announced that the City of Harker Heights, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly…

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Especially Texan: La Retama Club

Since 1906, the women of La Retama Club in Corpus Christi have worked to support public literacy and education in their city. For over one hundred years, their purpose of education and support of the Corpus Christi Library System remains unchanged.…

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Operation Lone Star Fights Deadly Fentanyl Crisis Coming Across Border

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Announces National Roll-Out of 988 Lifeline

Here is a reminder that the U.S. is getting close to the July 16 transition to 988 – the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This transition is an important step to strengthening and transforming…

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Governor Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation For The City Of Fritch

AUSTIN ? Governor Greg Abbott on July 14th announced that the City of Fritch, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated as a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission. For more than 50…

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Governor Abbott Highlights Texas' Efforts To Stop Growing Fentanyl Crisis

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today highlighted the efforts of Texas law enforcement to stop the growing fentanyl crisis ravaging Texas and the nation as a result of President Biden's reckless open border policies at a press conference at the…

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Early Bird Registration Ends July 15th!

33rd Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Conference October 19-21, 2022, Abilene, Texas Early bird registration ends on July 15th at $225/person General registration: July 16th - September 30th at $275/person Abilene Crime…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Peyton To Texas Water Development Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed George B. Peyton V to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The Board provides leadership, planning, financial and technical assistance for the…

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Governor Abbott Spotlights Texas' Small Businesses At Texas Restaurant Show In Dallas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 11th, commended the hard work of small businesses - many of which are restaurants and bars - and spotlighted their importance to the Lone Star State's thriving economy at the Texas Restaurant Association…

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Operation Lone Star Boosts Local Border Security Efforts, Ramps Up Law Enforcement Capabilities

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect,…

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Governor Abbott Announces More Than $5.9 Million in Texas Talent Connection Grants

Connecting More Texas Employers To Work-Ready Skilled Texans And More Texans To In-Demand Skills Training AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 7th, announced more than $5.9 million in Texas Talent Connection grants to 18 innovative…

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Governor Abbott Authorizes Texas National Guard, Texas Department of Public Safety to Return Illegal Immigrants to Border

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on July 7th, issued an executive order authorizing and empowering the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to apprehend illegal immigrants who illegally cross the border between ports of entry…

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Governor Abbott, TWC Award Almost $1.3 Million In Governor’s Summer Merit Program

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 7th, awarded 17 grants totaling nearly $1.3 million that will be distributed through the Governor's Summer Merit Program to Texas universities and community colleges for science, technology, engineering,…

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Texas State Agencies Provide Mental Health Support, Financial Assistance To Hundreds In Uvalde Community

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott continues to oversee and direct Texas state agency efforts to assist and support the Uvalde community following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. As part of the State of Texas' comprehensive plan to…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Johnson To San Jacinto River Authority Board Of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Stephanie Johnson to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on October 16, 2025. The San Jacinto River Authority is a government agency whose mission is to…

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Join Us On July 12th For A Conversation With The Experts On Disability Reporting In The Media

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts (via the Department of Communication and the Disability Studies Minor) co-hosted the 2022 Barbara Jordan Media Awards, with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with…

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Governor's Committee On People With Disabilities' Now Accepting Entries for the 2022 NDEAM Poster Art Competition

Each year in October, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) produces a poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) featuring art created by a Texas artist with a disability. The Texas posters…

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Governor Abbott Announces $114.1 Billion Economic Impact of Military Installations in Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on July 6th, announced the results of a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) analyzing the impact on the state’s…

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Governor Abbott Names Hollub Chair, Appoints Nine to Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott has made nine appointments to the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors for terms set to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Additionally, the Governor has named Vicki Hollub as Chair. The…

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Governor Abbott Announces Additional $30 Million In Grants To Boost Local Border Security Efforts

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott On July 7th, announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) is providing an additional $30 million in Operation Lone Star (OLS) grant funding for Texas cities and counties to enhance border security operations,…

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Governor Abbott Announces Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program

Tourism, Travel, And Hospitality Businesses In Texas AUSTIN ? Governor Greg Abbott and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism on July 5th, announced the opening of applications, beginning July 6, for the Texas Travel…

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Texas Business Bulletin - July 2022

Support for Uvalde, Texas OneStar Foundation in Support of the Robb School Memorial Fund Our hearts go out to the Uvalde community as they recover from last month’s tragedy. The OneStar Foundation has created a one-stop webpage for…

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Operation Lone Star Seizing Record Amounts of Fentanyl, DPS Crime Lab Finds Fentanyl in Most Street Drugs

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for July 2022

Governor Greg Abbott on July 1st, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $301.8 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of July. The allotments…

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Texas Crime Stoppers Newsletter - July 2022

Greetings all and welcome to the July 2022 edition of the Texas Crime Stoppers newsletter! It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the year. As we enter the summer months, we hope each of you is taking time for vacation and…

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Governor Abbott Receives Tropical Weather Briefing, Reminds Texans To Take Hurricane Preparedness Measures

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 30th, reminded Texans to enact preparedness measures for hurricane season after a briefing at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) from the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) on…

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Governor Abbott Appoints West To Economic Incentive Oversight Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan West to the Economic Incentive Oversight Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The Board examines the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and funds administered by the…

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First Lady Abbott Celebrates Winners of Keep Texas Beautiful Governor's Community Achievement Awards

AUSTIN – First Lady Cecilia Abbott on June 29th, recognized the 10 winning communities of the 2022 Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) during her keynote address at the Keep Texas Beautiful GCAA Dinner in Austin. …

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Governor Abbott Appoints Golla to State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steven Golla, D.V.M. to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for a term set to expire on August 26, 2027. The mission of the Board is to establish and enforce policies that ensure the…

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Governor Abbott Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against EPA Overreach In West Virginia V. EPA

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on June 30th, issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruled against EPA overreach in West Virginia v. EPA: “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the EPA’s power grab and rein…

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Governor Abbott Continues Overseeing State Support Services For Uvalde, Announces Additional Mental Health Funding In Community

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott continues to oversee and direct Texas state agency efforts to assist and support the Uvalde community following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. As part of the State of Texas' comprehensive plan to coordinate…

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Governor Abbott Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Biden Administration's Termination Of Remain-In-Mexico Policy

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on June 30th, issued a statement after the Supreme Court upheld the Biden Administration’s decision to terminate the Remain-in-Mexico policy in Biden v. Texas: “The Supreme Court’s decision…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Launch One-Stop Website To Connect Texans With Family Resources, Health Care Services

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 29th, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is launching a new website to serve as a comprehensive resource for Texas families, including expectant mothers, new parents, and…

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Governor Abbott Expands Border Security Operations

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 29th, announced the expansion of the state’s border security operations by creating Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) strike teams, establishing new vehicle inspection checkpoints targeting…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Bickerstaff and Lunceford to Boards for Lease

Austin – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Clifton “Cliff” Bickerstaff and Erin Lunceford to the Board for Lease of Texas Parks and Wildlife Lands and the Board for Lease of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lands,…

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Governor Abbott Announces 2022 Barbara Jordan Media Award Winners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 27th, announced the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities' (GCPD) winners of the 2022 Barbara Jordan Media Awards (BJMA) for media content created in 2021. The BJMA program was established…

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Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, Senate Finance, House Appropriations Committee Chairs Announce Additional $105.5 Million For School Safety, Mental Health Initiatives

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen today announced the transfer of $105.5 million to support…

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Governor Abbott Announces GlobiTech Semiconductor Facility Expansion In Sherman

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 27th, announced GlobiTech, Incorporated (“GlobiTech”) will establish an additional manufacturing facility in Sherman, Texas. GlobiTech, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based GlobalWafers Co., Ltd.,…

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Governor Abbott Issues Letter to President Biden on EPA Plan That Threatens Oil and Gas Production in Permian Basin

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 27th, sent a letter to President Joe Biden on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan that could jeopardize a quarter of the nation’s gas supply. The EPA recently announced it may…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims June 26 - July 2, 2022 Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week in Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed June 26 - July 2, 2022 as Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week in the Lone Star State. This week, Texans are reminded to commemorate the life of Helen Keller, acknolwledge the many contributions of Texans with…

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Operation Lone Star Turns Back Over 22,000 Migrants, Prepares For Growing Migrant Caravans

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Ensures State Agencies Continue Providing Resources, Long-Term Support To Uvalde Community

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott continues to oversee and direct Texas state agency efforts to assist and support the Uvalde community following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. As part of the State of Texas' comprehensive plan to coordinate…

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Governor Abbott Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe Vs. Wade

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on June 24th, released a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect the lives of all unborn babies in America. "The U.S. Supreme Court correctly…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Cantu-Serrano To Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rebecca Cantu-Serrano to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The authority assesses the scope of motor vehicle crime in Texas and supports a…

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Office of the Governor Issues Statement on Providing Transparency to Texans on Shooting in Uvalde

AUSTIN - Office of the Governor Press Secretary Renae Eze on June 21st, issued a statement regarding the expedited release of information related to the shooting at Robb Elementary School: “All information the Office of the Governor has…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Robnett To Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kevin Robnett to the Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors for a term set to expire on July 1, 2027. The company provides a stable, competitive source of workers' compensation insurance…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Three To Coastal Water Authority Board Of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott has reappointed Thomas “Tom” Reiser and Douglas “Doug” Walker to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on April 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor has…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Evans Presiding Judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed David L. Evans as Presiding Judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. David L. Evans of Fort Worth has served as the…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas County And District Retirement System Board Of Trustees

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Samuel “Sammy” Farias and reappointed Chris Davis and Deborah Hunt to the Texas County and District Retirement System Board of Trustees for terms set to expire on December 31, 2027. The…

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Rule Review Notification

Thank you for signing up to be notified when the Regulatory Compliance Division of the Office of the Governor commences a review of a proposed rule. Established pursuant to Subchapter C, Chapter 57, Texas Occupations Code, the Regulatory Compliance…

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Governor Abbott Provides Update in Mission on Texas' Ongoing Border Security Preparations for Incoming Migrant Caravans

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on June 17th, held a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission on the State of Texas’ ongoing border security preparations ahead of the latest migrant caravans headed to the Texas-Mexico…

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Governor Abbott Announces Governor’s Small Business Series–Kilgore

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 17th, announced the next in the statewide 2022 Governor’s Small Business Series to be held in-person in Kilgore on Thursday, June 23. The Governor’s Small Business Series connects small…

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Texas Again Smashes Record Employment High, Leads Nation In Jobs Created

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 17th, issued a statement celebrating the Texas Workforce Commission’s release of May employment numbers showing continuing economic expansion as Texas employers added 74,200 jobs over the month, more…

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Operation Lone Star Ramps Up Mass Migration Response Efforts In Preparation For Caravans

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect,…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Lee To 256th Judicial District Court

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Michael “Mike” Lee to the 256th Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. …

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Governor Abbott Appoints Woods As Commanding General Of The Texas State Guard

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brigadier General Anthony Woods as the Commanding General of the Texas State Guard for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Anthony Woods of Frisco currently serves as Acting…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Monson Chief Administrative Law Judge

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Kristofer Monson as the Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a term set to expire on May 15, 2024. The Chief ALJ oversees SOAH, which is…

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Governor Abbott Continues State Agency Response, Relief Efforts For Uvalde Community

Austin – Governor Greg Abbott continues to oversee and direct Texas state agency efforts to assist and support the Uvalde community following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. As part of the State of Texas' comprehensive plan to…

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Governor Abbott, DPS, TxDMV Announce Nation's First Statewide Driving With Disability Program

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 16th, announced the Texas Driving with Disability (DWD) Program that provides an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to interact more appropriately and successfully with Texans who may have a…

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Governor Abbott Directs State Agencies To Coordinate Response To Water Main Break In Odessa

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott on June 14th, directed state agencies, through the Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), to coordinate and deploy resources in response to a disaster declaration issued by Ector County Judge Debi Hays resulting from the…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Garbee To Texas Nonprofit Council

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kelty Garbee, Ph.D. to the Texas Nonprofit Council for a term set to expire on October 1, 2024. The Council shall make recommendations for improving contracting relationships, develop best practices,…

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Governor Abbott Urges TDCAA To Increase Lie-And-Try Prosecutions To Protect Texas Communities

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 14th, sent a letter urging Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) Executive Director Robert Kepple to highlight the lie-and-try law as a new tool for Texas prosecutors and provide…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Relocation of Caterpillar's Global Headquarters to Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 14th, issued a statement celebrating Caterpillar Inc.'s (Caterpillar) announcement that the company will be moving its global headquarters from Deerfield, Illinois to their existing office in Irving,…

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Rule Review Notification

Thank you for signing up to be notified when the Regulatory Compliance Division of the Office of the Governor commences a review of a proposed rule. Established pursuant to Subchapter C, Chapter 57, Texas Occupations Code, the Regulatory Compliance…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three to University of North Texas System Board of Regents

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lindy Rydman and reappointed Ashok “A.K.” Mago and Laura Wright to the University of North Texas System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on May 22, 2027. Lindy Rydman of…

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Governor Abbott Commends Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan On Proposed Solutions For School Safety

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement commending Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan for the quick response by their chambers and for the initial proposals addressing public and school safety following the…

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Deaf Representatives Providing COVID-19 Information in ASL

COVID-19 Information in ASL Due to communication barriers, often people who are deaf are the last to know about pertinent information. Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) is partnering with a number of entities to change that. CSD now offers…

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Governor Abbott Names Pardue as Chair of State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has named Keith Pardue Chair of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. The mission of the Board is to establish and enforce policies to ensure the best…

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Texas State Resources Provide Ongoing Support To Uvalde Community Following Recent Tragedy At Robb Elementary School

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 9th, provided an update on Texas state agencies' continued efforts to assist and support the Uvalde community as they heal. Following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School, the Governor announced…

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Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Create New Chief Of School Safety And Security Position

Austin – Governor Greg Abbott on Jun 9th, sent a letter directing Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath to create the position of Chief of School Safety and Security within the agency. The Chief of School Safety and Security…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Seven To Texas Medical Board District Review Committees

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Laurel Coles and reappointed Sheela Lahoti, M.D. to the Texas Medical Board District One Review Committee for terms set to expire on January 15, 2028. The Governor has appointed Annel Guadalupe to…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Sharp To Texas Board Of Nursing

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tyrone Sharp, Ph.D. to the Texas Board of Nursing for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board oversees the practice of professional nursing, examination of students, and standards of…

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Governor Abbott Directs HHSC To Ensure All Children In Uvalde Have Access To Behavioral Health Resources

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 8th, sent a letter directing Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Commissioner Cecile Young to use all available resources to ensure mental health support services are available to every child…

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US Department of Education and Section 504 Rules

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced that it intends to propose amendments to the Department’s regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation…

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Texas Crime Stoppers Newsletter - June 2022

33rd Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Conference October 19-21, 2022, Abilene, Texas Early check-in will be on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 This conference is being hosted by Abilene Crime Stoppers. Registration now open SAVE THE…

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Governor Abbott Directs DPS, TEA, THECB To Expand And Accelerate Implementation Of iWatch Texas Program To Report Suspicious Activity

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 7th, sent a letter directing Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)…

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Governor Abbott Instructs ALERRT To Provide Training Programs To School Districts Across Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 6th, sent a letter instructing Executive Director Dr. Pete Blair to begin providing Texas State University's nationally-recognized Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) programs to all…

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Governor Abbott Announces Governor’s Small Business Series–Fort Worth

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on June 6th, announced the next in the statewide 2022 Governor’s Small Business Series to be held in-person in Fort Worth on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The Governor’s Small Business Series connects small…

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Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Provide Strategies To Make Texas Public Schools Safer

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott on June 2nd, sent a letter to Commissioner Mike Morath directing the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure existing school facilities are held to heightened safety standards following the recent tragedy at…

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Governor Abbott Statement On Texas Legislative Leaders Establishing Special Legislative Committees To Provide Solutions To Protect All Texans

AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott on June 3rd, released a statement thanking Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan for quickly responding to his request to establish special legislative committees following last week's tragedy at…

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Governor Abbott, Uvalde County Announce Opening Of Uvalde Together Resiliency Center, Resources Available For Entire Community

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott June 3rd, announced Uvalde County officials are opening a temporary facility for the newly created Uvalde Together Resiliency Center (UTRC) on Monday, June 6 to begin providing long-term support services for the…

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Governor Abbott Calls For Immediate School Safety Review of Texas Public Schools

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 1st, sent a letter to Dr. Kathy Martinez-Prather directing the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to begin immediately conducting comprehensive school safety reviews to ensure all Texas public schools are…

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Governor Abbott Announces $5 Million Investment To Establish Long-Term Family Resiliency Center In Uvalde County

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 1st, announced that the Governor's Public Safety Office (PSO) has made available an initial $5 million investment into establishing a long-term Family Resiliency Center (FRC) in Uvalde County. The FRC will…

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Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration for City of Uvalde, Expedites State and Local Resources Providing Assistance to Community

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 31st, announced a state of disaster has been declared in the City of Uvalde following the shooting on May 24 at Robb Elementary School. The disaster declaration will accelerate all available state and…

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Governor Abbott Requests Special Legislative Committees To Provide Solutions To Protect All Texans Following Shooting At Robb Elementary School

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 1st, sent a joint letter to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan requesting the Texas legislative leaders convene special legislative committees following last week’s tragic…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For June 2022

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on June 1st, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $317.9 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of June.…

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Governor Abbott, OneStar Announce One-Stop Webpage For Donations To Support Uvalde Community

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 27th, announced the OneStar Foundation has created a one-stop webpage for donations to support the victims' families, teachers, and the Uvalde community during this time of healing following the shooting…

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Governor Abbott Provides Details on State Resources Available To Uvalde Community Impacted by Robb Elementary School Tragedy

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 27th, held a press conference announcing the State of Texas' comprehensive plan to assist and support members of the community affected by the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School. Following a…

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Governor Abbott Honors U.S. Service Members at Memorial Day Event, Celebrates Boy Scouts at Cabin Re-Dedication Ceremony in Longview

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 30th delivered the keynote address at the A Day of Thanks and Remembrance Memorial Day event at Teague Park in Longview. Addressing a packed crowd of families, law enforcement, and veterans, the Governor…

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Governor Abbott Provides Update on State’s Response, Ongoing Investigation on Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 25th, provided an update on the state’s ongoing response to on May 24th's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Following a briefing with federal, state, and local officials, the Governor was…

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Survey: Independent Living Services Program Seeks Input to Assist Texans with Disabilities

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Independent Living Services (ILS) program is seeking your input on the independent living services available to Texans with significant disabilities. Your thoughts and experiences regarding the ILS…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 24th, issued a statement following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde: “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of…

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Governor Abbott Provides Update On State's Ongoing Wildfire Response Efforts In Abilene

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 24th, provided an update on the state's ongoing wildfire response efforts at a press conference following a briefing on wildfire activity from local and state officials in Abilene. Last Thursday, the…

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Governor Abbott Mobilizes State Resources As Severe Weather, Flash Flooding Threaten Texas

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources in anticipation of severe weather and flash flooding that is expected to impact areas of Texas beginning today through…

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Governor Abbott Tours Southern Border, Holds Press Conference Following Border Security Briefing in Eagle Pass

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 23rd, toured Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) border security assets along the Texas-Mexico Border and held a briefing and press conference in Eagle Pass on Texas' response…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Dillon as San Jacinto Criminal District Attorney

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Todd Dillon as the San Jacinto Criminal District Attorney for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Todd Dillon of Coldspring…

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Texas Leads The Nation As Home To The Most Fortune 500 Companies

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 24th, announced that Texas now leads the nation as home to the most Fortune 500 companies, overtaking states like New York and California in the 2022 Fortune 500 list. With 53 Fortune 500 corporate…

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Operation Lone Star Mission Prepares for Mass Migrant Influx Ahead of Biden Ending Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect,…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Federal Court Keeping Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 20th, released a statement following a federal court’s preliminary injunction keeping Title 42 expulsions in place: “Another federal court announced on May 20th, what we have known all…

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Governor Abbott Honors Bravery of First Responders at Hope for Heroes Gala in Boerne

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott last night delivered remarks at the Hope for Heroes Texas Gala in Boerne, honoring the courage and bravery of first responders to protect their communities and their fellow Texans. The Governor also thanked Hope…

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Governor Abbott Activates Joint Border Security Operations Center In Preparation For Mass Migrant Influx As Biden Ends Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 20th, activated the Joint Border Security Operations Center (JBSOC) and directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Texas Military Department (TMD), and Texas Division of Emergency Management…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Rutherford to Employees Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John R. Rutherford to the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Board of Trustees for a term set to expire on August 31, 2024. The board oversees a public pension system for employees and…

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Governor Abbott Announces Ongoing Coordinated Response To Wildfires Across West, Central Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 19th, announced ongoing coordinated response to wildfires burning across West and Central Texas. Multiple wildfires continue to burn across Texas, including the Mesquite Heat Fire in Taylor County, which…

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Governor Abbott Announces New Leadership For Child Sex Trafficking Team, Sexual Assault Survivors' Task Force

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 18th, announced new leadership for the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) and the Governor’s Sexual Assault Survivors' Task Force (SASTF), two programs in the Governor’s Public Safety…

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Governor Abbott Discusses Texas’ Booming Economy During Roundtable With Business Leaders In Richland Hills

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 17th, held a roundtable discussion on Texas' booming economy with local business leaders at Advanced Chemical Logistics in Richland Hills. Joined by Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Stephanie Klick,…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Texas Instruments' $30 Billion Investment Groundbreaking Ceremony in Sherman

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 18th, delivered remarks at Texas Instruments' (TI) potential $30 billion investment groundbreaking ceremony in Sherman. Last year, Governor Abbott announced that TI selected Sherman as the location for…

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Delivers Keynote Address at Richardson Campus Grand Opening for West Coast University

Celebrating nursing school expansion and honoring healthcare professionals for their community contributions AUSTIN – First Lady Cecilia Abbott last night delivered the keynote address at the official grand opening celebration of the…

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Governor Abbott Touts Texas' Economic Success at Rio Grande Valley Business Summit in McAllen

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 16th, touted Texas' world-class economic opportunities and competitive business climate in an armchair discussion at the Rio Grande Valley Business Summit in McAllen. During the discussion, Governor Abbott…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Landis to Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Trustees

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed David Landis to the Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Trustees for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board oversees the Texas Municipal Retirement System, which is responsible…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Trapp As Presiding Judge Of The Second Administrative Judicial Region

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert Trapp as Presiding Judge of the Second Administrative Judicial Region, effective May 21, 2022, for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Robert Trapp of…

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Operation Lone Star Transports Over 900 Migrants To Nation's Capital, Continues Joint Border Security Efforts With Mexican Governors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect,…

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Governor Abbott, National Border Patrol Council Release Joint Statement on Biden Administration Providing Baby Formula To Illegal Immigrants Amid National Shortage

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd on May 12th, issued a joint statement on the Biden Administration providing baby formula to illegal immigrant holding facilities as American parents…

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GCPD Welcomes Norman Kieke as New Outreach and Information Specialist

Welcome to the Team! We welcome Norman Kieke as Community Outreach and Information Specialist for the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Kieke is a native of Austin, Texas and proud graduate of the University of Texas at…

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Governor Abbott Announces New Ruiz Foods Regional Headquarters in Frisco

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 12th, announced that Ruiz Food Products, Inc. ("Ruiz Foods") will establish a regional headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Founded in 1964, Ruiz Foods is America’s largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer.…

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Notification of Recently Issued Determination Letter

The Regulatory Compliance Division has recently issued a determination letter for the following rules: -- Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, Title 22 Texas Administrative Code §§108.7 and 108.16 (RCD Rule Review #2022-001). The…

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Operation Lone Star Mission Continues To Secure Border, Prepares For Mass Influx As Biden Ends Title 42 Expulsions This Month

AUSTIN, TX -– Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent,…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims 2022 Economic Development Week In Texas

AUSTIN ? Governor Greg Abbott on May 9th, recognized the critical role local, regional, and statewide economic development teams play in job creation, business expansion, and business retention in communities throughout Texas as he issued a…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Four to Housing and Health Services Coordination Council

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Joycesarah McCabe and reappointed Diana Delaunay, Jennifer Gonzalez, Ph.D. and Kenneth Darden to the Housing and Health Services Coordination Council for terms set to expire on September 1, 2027. The…

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Governor Abbott Appoints D’Amato To Economic Incentive Oversight Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Barbara D’Amato to the Economic Incentive Oversight Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The board examines the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and funds…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Cannon To TexNet Technical Advisory Committee

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David L. “Dave” Cannon to the TexNet Technical Advisory Committee for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The committee advises the Bureau of Economic Geology on the use of…

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Texas Business Bulletin - May 2022

May is an exciting month for the State of Texas! The first week of May is not only Small Business Week, but also Travel & Tourism Week and Export Week, followed by Economic Development Week. EDT’s Travel Texas division is also promoting…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Palomin to Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Omar Palomin, D.P.T to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The board licenses and regulates the practice of physical therapy. Omar…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Barrera To Texas Board Of Occupational Therapy Examiners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Estrella Barrera to the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners for a term ending February 1, 2023. The board licenses and regulates occupational therapy services in the State of Texas. …

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of SBA Small Business Disaster Loans Following Eastland Complex Fire

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on May 2nd, announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Texas' request for a disaster declaration in communities affected by the Eastland Complex Fire and granted access to its Home…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims 2022 Small Business Week In Texas

Celebrating the three million small businesses that drive job creation across the Lone Star State AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on May 2nd, invited all Texans to celebrate the important role small businesses play in job creation in…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Detten To Red River Authority Of Texas Board Of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tonya Detten to the Red River Authority of Texas Board of Directors for a term set to expire on August 11, 2025. The Red River Authority provides for the control, conservation, and development of…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony In Austin

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott last night delivered remarks at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The ceremony honored members of law enforcement who have lost their lives in service and their…

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Governor Abbott Celebrates National Day Of Prayer At Governor’s Prayer Breakfast In Round Rock

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Round Rock in honor of the National Day of Prayer. During the breakfast, the Governor highlighted the power of prayer in our everyday lives and for our communities.…

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Governor Abbott, Texas State Leadership Approve $495.3 Million In Additional Funding For Operation Lone Star, Border Security Operations

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Committee Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen on April 29th, approved the transfer of $495.3…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for May 2022

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 29th, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $317.9 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of…

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Operation Lone Star Apprehends Over 239.8K Migrants, Continues To Secure The Border

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Travel and Tourism Week is May 1-7, 2022

Travel and Tourism Week is here! Celebrate what makes the travel industry so special, and how across the state, we are looking to the #FutureofTravel. Let's Texas! In recognition of the travel and tourism industry’s importance to…

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Governor Abbott, Texas State Leadership Announce Allocation of $435 Million in COVID-19 Relief to TRS-Active Care

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and House Appropriations Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen on April 28th, announced the allocation of $435 million in…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Bonnen Central Building Dedication at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 28th, delivered remarks honoring the legacy of former Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen at the Bonnen Central Building dedication ceremony at Brazosport College (BC) in Lake Jackson. In recognition of…

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Governor Abbott Announces Highly Innovative Fuels Selection of Matagorda County for eFuels Facility in Bay City

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 28th, announced Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF)'s selection of Matagorda County as the location of its first industrial-scale eFuels facility in North America. With plans to make a $6 billion capital…

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Accessibility and Disability Policy Webinar Series: 20+ Years of Standards and Best Practice - Is the Web Accessible Yet?

In May 1999, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 were published by the World Wide Web Consortium W3C - the standards maker for the world wide web. Countries, states, and municipalities have adopted and adapted standards as the…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Jarrett as Chair of Texas Juvenile Justice Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has named Lisa Jarrett as chair of the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. The board is charged with developing and implementing rules to govern the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, its executive director and staff,…

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Texas Being Named Best State for Business by CEO Magazine for Record-Shattering 18th Year in a Row

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 27th, issued a statement after Texas was again named the Best State for Business for the 18th year in a row by the nation's leading CEOs in an annual survey conducted by Chief Executive Magazine. The…

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Governor Abbott Announces Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association Corporate Center in Frisco

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 27th, announced that the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) will establish a new corporate center in Frisco, Texas. TIAA is a leading provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused…

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Governor Abbott Lauds Texas Broadband Expansion Achievements In McAllen

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 27th, held a press conference at the College of Healthcare Professions (CHCP) in McAllen where he lauded Texas' success in expanding broadband access to communities across the state. During the press…

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Governor Abbott Announces 2022 Statewide Governor’s Small Business Series

Kicking off in El Paso, the series connects entrepreneurs with resources and information needed to start, strengthen, and grow a business AUSTIN, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott on April 26th, announced the kickoff of the 2022 Governor’s Small…

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Governor Abbott Receives Broadband Champion Award In Beaumont

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 26th, accepted the Broadband Champion Award from Connect the Future Texas in Beaumont. During a press conference at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School, the Governor thanked Connect the Future Texas for their…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine Ribbon Cutting in Amarillo

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 22nd, delivered remarks at the Texas Tech University (TTU) School of Veterinary Medicine ribbon cutting ceremony in Amarillo. During his remarks, the Governor highlighted the school's focus on rural and…

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Governor Abbott Statement on CMS Decision to Withdraw 1115 Waiver Rescission

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 22nd, issued a statement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their decision to withdraw their April 16, 2021 letter rescinding the previously approved 1115 Medicaid waiver…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Death of Texas National Guard Soldier

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 25th, issued a statement after the body of a previously missing Texas National Guard soldier was recovered. Last week, Specialist (SPC) Bishop E. Evans, assigned to Operation Lone Star, was reported…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Van Cleef to Sixth Court of Appeals

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed L. Charles van Cleef to the Sixth Court of Appeals, Place 3, for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Charles van Cleef of…

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Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2022-23 School Year

National Federation of the Blind of Texas Each year the National Federation of the Blind of Texas (NFB of Texas) offers scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. The scholarships are awarded during NFB of Texas’…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable With Law Enforcement In San Antonio

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 21st, held a roundtable with law enforcement officials from the Bexar County area, where he reaffirmed his commitment to backing the blue. The Governor and law enforcement officials discussed the importance of…

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Governor Abbott Announces Arrival of Tenth Bus of Unlawful Migrants at U.S. Capitol

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 22nd, announced the arrival of the tenth bus transporting a group of unlawful migrants to Washington, D.C. from Texas. The Governor announced this busing strategy earlier this month as part of the state's…

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Operation Lone Star Seizes Over 300 Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl, Continues to Secure the Border

Austin - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Encourage Texans To Take Part In Emergency Supplies Sales Tax Holiday Weekend April 23-25, 2022

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) are encouraging Texans to take part in this year's Emergency Supplies Sales Tax Holiday Weekend, which runs April 23rd through the 25th, 2022. A product of Senate…

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Governor Abbott Statement On Missing Texas National Guard Soldier In Eagle Pass

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 22nd, issued a statement after a Texas National Guard soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star was reported missing along the Rio Grande during a mission related incident in Eagle Pass. "The Texas…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Allison, Franke To Department Of Information Resources

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jeffrey Allison and Christopher “Stephen” Franke to the governing board of the Department of Information Resources (DIR) for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. DIR coordinates,…

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Governor's Small Business Series at El Paso

The Governor’s Small Business Series - El Paso will connect small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources and information needed to start, strengthen and grow a business. The event is an opportunity to network with other…

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Governor Abbott's Texas Task Force On Concert Safety Releases Final Report

Austin - Governor Greg Abbott on April 19th, announced that the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety has released their final report which includes recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers in the Lone Star State. Governor…

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Governor Abbott Invites Texas Communities to Film Friendly Texas Forum at Iconic Southfork Ranch

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Film Commission (TFC) on April 20th, announced a two-day Film Friendly Texas Forum will be held on May 19–20, 2022, at Southfork Ranch, home of the iconic TV series “Dallas.” The…

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Nominations Now Open For 39th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards

AUSTIN - Nominations are now open for the 39th Annual Governor's Volunteer Awards. The Governor's Volunteer Awards are administered by OneStar Foundation and are an opportunity for the State of Texas to honor the exemplary service and volunteerism…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Buford To State Soil And Water Conservation Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Tina Yturria Buford to the State Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2024. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and coordinates…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Trinity River Authority Board of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benny Fogleman, Margaret Keliher, and Roger Nober to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on March 15, 2027. The authority oversees development and conservation of…

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Governor Abbott Signs Border Security Memorandum of Understanding with Tamaulipas Governor Cabeza De Vaca in Weslaco

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 15th, met with Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca in Weslaco to discuss ongoing challenges along the Texas-Mexico border. The Governor signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between…

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Operation Lone Star Surpasses 11,000 Felony Charges, Continues to Secure Border as Biden Administration Moves Forward on Title 42 Elimination

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Signs Border Security Memoranda of Understanding In Austin with Chihuahua Governor Campos, Coahulia Governor Solís

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 14th, met with Chihuahua Governor María Eugenia Campos Galván and Coahuila Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís at the Texas Capitol to discuss ongoing challenges along the…

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Governor Abbott Visits Salado To Meet With Local Officials, Communities Impacted By Severe Weather, Tornado

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 17th, visited Salado where he met with local officials from communities impacted by severe storms and a tornado that occurred Tuesday night in Bell and Williamson Counties. Governor Abbott reaffirmed the…

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Governor Abbott Announces Arrival of First Bus of Unlawful Migrants at U.S. Capitol

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 13th, announced the arrival of the first group of unlawful migrants bused to Washington, D.C. This busing strategy is part of Governor Abbott's response to the Biden Administration's decision to end Title 42…

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Governor Abbott Announces 2022 Star of Texas Nominations

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 13th, announced that nominations for the 2022 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders, and federal law enforcement who were seriously injured or…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Edwards, Hiner To Correctional Managed Health Care Committee

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Brian Edwards, M.D. and Julia Hiner, M.D. to the Correctional Managed Health Care Committee for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. The committee coordinates the development of statewide…

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Governor Abbott Signs Historic Border Security Memorandum of Understanding with Nuevo Leon Governor García in Laredo

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 13th, met with Nuevo León Governor Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda at the Colombia Solidarity International Bridge in Laredo to discuss challenges along the Texas-Mexico border. …

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Prepare Additional State Resources for Extreme Wildfire Danger, Severe Storm Threats

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 12th, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to prepare additional state resources for mobilization as Texans face critical-to-extreme wildfire weather conditions in the Western half…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $626 Million In Pandemic Food Benefits For Texas Families

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 12th, announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a fourth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Brown as Presiding Judge of the Eleventh Administrative Judicial Region

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Susan Brown as Presiding Judge of the Eleventh Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Susan Brown of Houston is the former Judge…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Wheless As Presiding Judge Of The First Administrative Judicial Region

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Ray Wheless as Presiding Judge of the First Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Ray Wheless of McKinney is the former Judge…

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Operation Lone Star Mission Expands As Biden Ends Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Texas Governor's Business Bulletin - April 2022

We are seeing a very busy start to the Spring season! Project activity and interest from expanding and relocating companies is surging as we continue to see daily announcements of new corporate investment and new jobs created across the state. …

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Governor Abbott Appoints Seven To Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Peter Marocco to the Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services, known as GETAC, for a term set to expire on January 1, 2026. Additionally, the Governor has appointed Billy "Scott" Lail,…

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Governor Abbott Takes Aggressive Action to Secure the Border as President Biden Ends Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 6th, announced the first in a series of aggressive actions by the State of Texas to secure the border in the wake of President Biden's decision to end Title 42 expulsions. The Governor made the announcement at…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Allen To 69th Judicial District Court

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kimberly Allen as Judge of the 69th Judicial District Court in Dallam, Hartley, Moore and Sherman Counties, effective April 6, 2022, for a term set to expire December 31, 2022 or until her successor…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Death of Harris County Precinct 7 Deputy Constable

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott on April 3rd, issued a statement on the death of Harris County Precinct 7 Deputy Constable Jennifer Chavis, who was tragically killed in a fiery crash caused by a suspected drunk driver last night (April 2nd). …

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Governor Abbott Appoints Yado To Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Norma Yado to the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners for a term set to expire on September 5, 2028. The board licenses master plumbers, journeymen, plumbers, and plumbing inspectors. …

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Governor Abbott Ceremonially Swears-In Major General Suelzer

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 4, 2022 ceremonially swore-in Major General Thomas M. Suelzer as Adjutant General of Texas at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. The Governor appointed Maj. Gen. Suelzer as Adjutant General on March 14,…

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Governor Abbott Sets Emergency Special Election For 34th Congressional District

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 4th, issued a proclamation announcing Tuesday, June 14, 2022 as the emergency special election date to fill the 34th Congressional District seat recently vacated by Congressman Filemon B. Vela. …

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Governor Abbott Statement on Death of Harris County Deputy Darren Almendarez

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on April 1st, issued a statement on the death of Harris County Sherriff's Deputy Darren Almendarez, who was shot while confronting suspected car burglars off-duty last night. Two suspects have been apprehended…

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Operation Lone Star Continues To Save Lives, Take Drugs Off The Streets, Apprehend Traffickers

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Coorsh To Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed William “Bill” Coorsh to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. William "Bill" Coorsh of Houston is the Director of Investor…

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Governor Abbott Statement On President Biden's Reckless Decision To End Title 42 Expulsions

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 1, 2022, issued a statement after President Biden announced that his administration will end Title 42 expulsions despite the United States seeing historically high numbers of illegal border crossings: …

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for April 2022

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on April 1st, announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $318 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of April…

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Governor Abbott Designates Patton To Drought Preparedness Council

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has designated Glenn Reed Patton to the Drought Preparedness Council for a term at the pleasure of the governor. The Council develops, implements and periodically updates a comprehensive state drought preparedness…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Keynote Address At Marine Military Academy Dinner In Harlingen

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 30th, night delivered the keynote address at the General H.M. Smith Dinner at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen. The Governor was also presented with the Iwo Jima Leadership Award, which is given to…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Continuing Advisory Committee For Special Education

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Aaron Bangor, Ph.D., to the Continuing Advisory Committee For Special Education for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor has appointed Sheryl Kubala and Diana Nelson…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Anikputa, Ball To Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benedicta Anikputa and Corey D. Ball, M.D. to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The task force coordinates implementation of the state’s plan for…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable on Economy, Supply Chain Issues at Port of Brownsville

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 30, 2022 met with port sector leaders, staff, and stakeholders at the Port of Brownsville for a roundtable discussion on the Texas economy and supply chain issues, and the port industry. During the…

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Governor Abbott, TEA Announce Funding Adjustment for Texas Public Schools to Sustain In-Person Instruction

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced on March 29th, that school districts in Texas may be eligible for an adjustment in operational minutes requirements for certain attendance reporting periods during the…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Keynote Address, Champions Texas Energy Industry at TIPRO’s 76th Annual Convention In Austin

Receives TIPRO’s Hats Off Award For Support Of Oil And Gas Industry AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 29, 2022, delivered the keynote address at the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association’s (TIPRO)…

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Governor Abbott Urges Texans to Monitor Weather Amid Extreme Fire Danger, Severe Storms in Significant Portions of State

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 29th, encouraged Texans to remain vigilant and informed on weather conditions as fire danger and severe weather threaten the state. Significant portions of the western half of Texas are facing extreme fire…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable on Energy Sector, Oil and Gas Jobs in Odessa

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 29, 2022, held a roundtable discussion with oil and gas stakeholders at Champion X in Odessa. The Governor and attendees discussed the current issues facing the energy sector, including hostility from certain…

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Governor Abbott Provides Updates On State Fire Response Efforts In Medina County

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 27, 2022, received a briefing from state and local officials in Medina County and held a press conference to provide an update on the state's response to fire activity in Medina County. Governor Abbott was…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Six To Governor’s Committee On People With Disabilities

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benjamin Willis and reappointed Kori Allen, Evelyn Cano, Richard Martinez, Joseph Muñiz, and Emma Faye Rudkin to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities for terms set to expire on…

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ICYMI: Operation Lone Star Surpasses 10,000 Felony Arrests, Continues To Secure The Border

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Smith To Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Patrick "Dean" Smith to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The authority assesses the scope of motor vehicle crime in Texas and supports a…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Moberley To Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Marsha Moberley to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025. The board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole…

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Your Invitation to TWC’s Employer Symposium, April 1, 2022

Employer Symposium 2022: The Time for Workforce Innovation is Here You are cordially invited to join this year’s Employer Symposium either virtually or in person, with panel discussions including “The World of Work is Changing: Is…

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Governor Abbott Visits Jacksboro, Crockett to Meet With Local Officials, Communities Impacted by Tornadoes

AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on March 22nd, visited Jacksboro and Crockett, where he met with local officials from communities impacted by tornadoes that occurred overnight. The Governor issued a disaster declaration for 16 counties impacted…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Kahan To Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Andrew "Andy" Kahan to the Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council for a term set to expire on January 31, 2024. The council is charged with conducting in-depth analysis of the impact of crime on…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Hill To 371st Judicial District Court

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ryan Hill as Judge of the 371st Judicial District Court in Tarrant County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Ryan Hill…

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Governor Abbott Visits Sherman, Elgin to Meet With Local Officials, Communities Impacted by Tornadoes

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 23rd, visited Sherman and Elgin, where he met with local officials from communities impacted by tornadoes that occurred Monday night. Governor Abbott reaffirmed the State of Texas’ commitment to…

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Last Chance to Register for the EDA Tourism Grant

Time is Running Out. Register Now! Registration for the EDA Tourism Grant Co-op Advertising program closes at 5:00 PM (Central TIme) Friday, March 25, 2022. Register here before the deadline. Please visit the Advertising Co-Op…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Ladner, Brown To Risk Management Board

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Gerald Ladner, Sr. and appointed William Brown to the Risk Management Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The State Office of Risk Management administers insurance services obtained…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Farías, Batch to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Anna Maria Farías and reappointed Brandon Batch to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. TDHCA is responsible for…

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Governor Abbott Mobilizes State Resources As Severe Weather, Flash Flooding Threaten Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 21st, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources in anticipation of severe weather and flash flooding that is expected to impact areas of Texas beginning…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Muri To State Board For Educator Certification

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Scott Muri, Ed.D. to the State Board for Educator Certification for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of…

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Governor Abbott Welcomes Sovereign Flavors To Texas

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 18th, issued a statement after Sovereign Flavors announced that they will relocate their headquarters to Texas from California. The beverage development and flavoring company's new 80,000-square-foot corporate…

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ICYMI: Operation Lone Star Continues to Secure the Border, Crack Down on Human Smuggling

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas, and prevent, detect, and…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Harris And Names Chair, Vice-Chair To Governor’s Broadband Development Council

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jennifer Harris to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council for a term set to expire on August 31, 2024. Additionally, the Governor has named Marty Lucke as chair of the council and…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Six To OneStar Foundation

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kathy Kabell and Rev. Moises Molina and reappointed Benjamin A. Montañez to the OneStar Foundation for terms set to expire on March 15, 2025. Additionally, the Governor appointed Sara Ramirez…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable In Houston On Texas Business Climate

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 17th, held a roundtable at Pieper-Houston Electric to discuss Texas’ strong business climate and its continuing rapid growth. Representative Lacey Hull, Annie Spilman of the National Federation of…

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Texas Crime Stoppers Update for March 2022

Interested in hosting a Basic Crime Stoppers Training or Conference? The Texas Crime Stoppers Team is looking for local programs to host a Basic Crime Stoppers Training as well as the annual adult and campus conferences. Programs are expected…

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Rule Review Notification

Thank you for signing up to be notified when the Regulatory Compliance Division of the Office of the Governor commences a review of a proposed rule. Authorized by Senate Bill 1995 during the 86th Regular Legislative Session, the Regulatory…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Fatal Vehicle Crash Near Andrews, Texas

AUSTIN, TX – Governor Greg Abbott on March 16, 2022 issued a statement on the fatal vehicle crash near Andrews in West Texas that killed nine people and critically injured two others last night. Among the victims were members and a coach of…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Activate Additional State Resources For Escalated Fire Weather Conditions in Texas

State Operations Center Increases Readiness To Level II: Escalated Response AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 16, 2022, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to activate additional state resources as escalated…

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Webinar: Texas Brain Injury Programs: An Integrated Approach to Supports on March 22, 2022

The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) are co-hosting a training session in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month. Join us for Texas Brain Injury Programs: An Integrated…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Mobilize State Resources to Address Increased Fire Weather Conditions for Portions of Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 15, 2022 directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources as Texas faces increased fire weather conditions this week. The National Weather Service warns high winds…

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Governor Abbott, First Lady Cecilia Abbott Attend Divine Liturgy at Pokrova Ukrainian Catholic Church in Houston

Texas Governor's Mansion Lit Blue, Yellow In Solidarity With Ukrainian People AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott on March 13, 2022, attended the Divine Liturgy at Pokrova Ukrainian Catholic Church in Houston, where…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Whitaker to Peace Officers' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Timothy Whitaker to the Peace Officers’ Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The committee advises the Governor on the issuance, design,…

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Governor Abbott Appoints McGee, Moore To Firefighters' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Samuel McGee and Robert Moore to the Firefighters' Star of Texas Award Advisory Committee for terms at the pleasure of the Governor. The committee advises the Governor on the issuance, design, and…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Shooting of Bastrop County Sheriff's Deputy

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott on March 14th, issued a statement after Bastrop County Sheriff's Deputy Sawyer Wilson was shot in the line of duty late last night. He is currently in stable condition and the perpetrator has not been apprehended. …

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Governor Abbott Appoints Suelzer Adjutant General Of Texas

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Major General Thomas M. Suelzer as the Adjutant General of Texas, effective from, March 14, 2022. The Adjutant General is commander of the Soldiers and Airmen of the Texas Military Department, and reports…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable on Border Security, Operation Lone Star in Weslaco

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 10, 2022, held a roundtable on border security in Weslaco as part of the one-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star. The Governor was joined by top officials from state agencies, law enforcement, and…

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Governor Abbott Orders Texas Rangers to Investigate Reported Trafficking at State-Contracted Shelter for Children

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott this evening ordered an immediate investigation by the Texas Rangers into reports of child sex trafficking at The Refuge, a shelter in Bastrop contracted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The…

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Governor Abbott Touts Texas Economic Exceptionalism at 'Why Texas?' Fireside Chat In Austin

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 11, 2022, touted the Lone Start State's booming economy and world-class, diverse workforce during the "Why Texas?" fireside chat on economic development in Austin. The Governor was joined by Rex CEO,…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Lynd Presiding Officer of Alamo Regional Mobility Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Michael Lynd, Jr. as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) for a term that will expire on February 1, 2024. The RMA is a political subdivision that allows local…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at the Heritage Foundation's 'The Fentanyl Crisis: The Mexico-Texas Connection' Discussion

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 10th, delivered virtual remarks at The Heritage Foundation's "The Fentanyl Crisis: The Mexico-Texas Connection" discussion. The Governor stressed the harrowing connection between the fentanyl crisis and the…

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Governor Abbott Announces Statewide Day of Prayer for Ukraine, Special Lighting of Texas Governor's Mansion

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 9th, issued a proclamation announcing Sunday, March 13, 2022 as a Day of Prayer for Ukraine. Governor Abbott also announced that the Texas Governor's Mansion will be lit blue and yellow on Saturday, March 12…

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Governor's Small Business Webinar Series - Scaling Your Business

There are many factors that affect a business’ ability to grow. Join the Governor's Small Business Team and a panel of experts as we discuss the challenges and options that businesses have when growing at scale. Learn about programs such as…

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Governor Abbott Announces Adoption of New Rules to Defund Municipalities that Defund Police

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 7th, announced the adoption of new Texas Administrative Code rules by the Office of the Governor's Public Safety Office (PSO) to prevent municipalities from defunding their police forces. These new…

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Governor Abbott Directs TEA To Create Task Force Addressing Staffing Shortages Across Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 7th, sent a letter directing Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath to create a task force to help school districts address ongoing staffing shortages across the state. "I am…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Parker To Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Frank Parker, Jr. as the presiding officer of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2024. The regional mobility authority is a political subdivision…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Brady as Presiding Officer of Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Robert Brady as presiding officer of the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2024. The regional mobility authority is a political subdivision that…

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Texas Business Bulletin - March 2022

Dear Texas Economic Development Stakeholders, Big news for the Lone Star State! In case you missed it, Texas was awarded the Governor's Cup for the 10th consecutive year from Site Selection Magazine. This award recognizes the Lone Star State's…

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Governor Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Plainview

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 3rd, announced that the City of Plainview, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated as a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission. For more…

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The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Joins TCDD to Recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) asks Texans to make it a priority to learn more about and connect with their neighbors with developmental disabilities (DD) and to help…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Prepare State Resources in Anticipation of Increased Fire Weather Conditions For Portions of Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 3rd, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to prepare state resources to activate in anticipation of increased fire weather conditions in Texas through the weekend. The Texas A&M…

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Texas Wins Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup For Record-Breaking Tenth Year In A Row

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 1st, held a press conference where he announced that Texas has won Site Selection magazine's Governor's Cup for a record-shattering tenth year in a row. The award highlights top-performing states for job…

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Governor Abbott Announces Bryan Designated as Music Friendly Community

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 2nd, announced that the City of Bryan, having completed the multi-step certification process, has been designated as a Music Friendly Community by the Texas Music Office (TMO). The Music Friendly…

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Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for March 2022

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 2nd, announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $310 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of March. The…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Brown To Webb County-City Of Laredo Regional Mobility Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jed Alton Brown as presiding officer of the Webb County-City of Laredo Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2024. The regional mobility authority is a political…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Texas Ranger 2023 Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration In Fort Worth

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on March 2nd, delivered remarks at the Texas Ranger 2023 Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration in Fort Worth. The Governor was joined by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, Texas Ranger Chief…

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Governor Abbott Posthumously Awards Texas Legislative Medal of Honor To Two Service Members

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on March 2nd, posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Pvt. Marcelino Serna and U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice William Ray Flores. The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest…

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Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is Seeking Qualified Applicants to Fill an Essential Job Vacancy

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is seeking qualified applicants to fill the vacant Community Outreach and Information Coordinator (Information Specialist IV) position, Job posting 2021-65 (TWC Job # 14738761)…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Halbrooks To North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Gary Halbrooks as the presiding officer of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority for a term set to expire February 1, 2024. The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision…

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Governor Abbott Sets Special Election For Texas House District 147

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on FEb 25th, issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, May 7, 2022 as the special election date for the Texas State House of Representatives District 147 seat recently vacated by Representative Garnet F. Coleman.…

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Governor Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Miles

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 24th, announced that the City of Miles, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated as a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission. For more than…

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Governor Abbott Statement on the Shooting of San Jacinto County Deputy Constable in Houston

AUSTIN - Governor Abbott on Feb 24th, issued a statement after San Jacinto County Precinct 1 Deputy Constable Neil Adams was shot and killed on Feb 23rd, afternoon while working outside employment in Houston: "Our hearts are with the family…

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Governor Greg Abbott Appoints Brotherton To Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charla Brotherton to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025. The authority assesses the scope of motor vehicle crime in Texas and supports a…

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Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Delivers Remarks at Children's Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas Grand Opening In San Angelo

AUSTIN - Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott on Feb 24th, delivered remarks at the grand opening of the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Greater West Texas' new Stephens Campus for Children and Families in San Angelo. The grand opening also marked…

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Governor Abbott Directs DFPS To Investigate Gender-Transitioning Procedures As Child Abuse

AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 22nd, sent a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) directing the agency to conduct prompt and thorough investigations of any reported instances of Texas children being…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Charles Presiding Judge of the Tenth Administrative Judicial Region

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Alfonso Charles as Presiding Judge of the Tenth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Alfonso Charles of Longview is Judge…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Increase Readiness of State Operations Center, Prepare Resources Ahead of Winter Weather in Texas

Austin, TX -– Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 22nd, ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to increase the readiness of the State Emergency Operations Center (SOC) to Level II: Escalated Response for Winter Weather ahead of…

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Siblings of Texans with Disabilities Survey

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting a survey of siblings of people with disabilities to determine future planning needs in Texas. The survey is an opportunity to provide input that will support future planning for education and supports…

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Governor Abbott Issues Statement in Support of Austin Police Department Officers

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 23rd, issued a statement of support for the officers of the Austin Police Department: "Last year, Austin set an all-time record for the number of murders. It comes as no surprise that murders increased…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable in Conroe on Crime Related to Illegal Immigration

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 18th, held a roundtable in Conroe on crime related to illegal immigration. The Governor was joined by members of law enforcement and families whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. The families…

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Governor Abbott Congratulates Texas Universities on Earning Prestigious National Research Rankings

AUSTIN, TX -– Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 15th, congratulated The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Baylor University on earning the prestigious national research ranking of Carnegie Tier One, joining nine other Texas universities…

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Governor Abbott Reappoints Evans, Patton To Texas Council For Alzheimer’s Disease And Related Disorders

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Joe Evan and Eddie Patton Jr., M.D. to the Texas Council for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders for terms set to expire on August 31, 2027. The council facilitates the coordination of…

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Governor Abbott Sets Special Election For Proposed Constitutional Amendments

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation setting Saturday, May 7, 2022 as the special election day for two proposed constitutional amendments in Texas. View the proclamation. The two proposed constitutional…

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Governor Abbott Announces New $1.7 Billion USA Bio Energy Advanced Biorefinery in Bon Wier

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 15th, announced that USA BioEnergy, through its subsidiary Texas Renewable Funds (TRF), will build a new $1.7 billion advanced biorefinery in Bon Wier, Texas. The biorefinery will convert one million green tons…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Sabine River Authority of Texas Board of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Colonel Jeanette Sterner and appointed Elton Brock and Darrin R. Rudolph to the Sabine River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on July 6, 2027. The purpose of the Sabine River…

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Governor Abbott Holds Roundtable In Fort Worth On Nationwide Fentanyl Crisis

AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 15th, held a roundtable in Fort Worth on the national fentanyl crisis alongside law enforcement and families who have been affected by fentanyl. During the roundtable, the Governor listened to the stories of…

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Proposed Rule Changes Amending the Elimination of Architectural Barriers Program

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) proposes amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68, §68.65, regarding the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program. The proposed rule makes the…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Galindo To State Board For Educator Certification

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cristina Galindo to the State Board for Educator Certification for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards…

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Governor Abbott, TDEM Ready State Resources Ahead of Elevated Fire Weather Conditions Across Texas

Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 14th, directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to ready resources in response to critical fire weather conditions across Texas this week. The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that elevated fire…

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Notification of Withdrawn Rule Submission

Regulatory Compliance Division of the Office of the Governor commences a review of a proposed rule or issues a determination letter on a proposed rule under review. Authorized by Senate Bill 1995 during the 86th Regular Legislative Session, the…

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Governor Abbott Sets Special Election For Texas House District 38

Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 10th, issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, May 7, 2022 as the special election date for the Texas State House of Representatives District 38 seat recently vacated by Representative Eddie Lucio III. …

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Governor Appoints Six To Continuing Advisory Committee For Special Education

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed April Estrada, Ed.D. and Barbie Ezell and reappointed Amy Litzinger, Susan Nichols, Ph.D., Agatha Thibideaux, and Jo Ann Garza Wofford and to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education…

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Governor Abbott Petitions Fifth Circuit To Keep Spent Nuclear Fuel Out Of The Permian Basin

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 7th, joined Texas’s petition urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to vacate a federal license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that would bring spent nuclear fuel to a…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Salinas To Adult High School Charter School Program Advisory Committee

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Gilberto Salinas to the Adult High School Charter School Program Advisory Committee for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. Gilberto Salinas of Brownsville is Executive Director of…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Munoz To Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Elida Munoz to the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on August 29, 2024. The committee reviews applications for approval and funding of family practice residency…

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Governor Abbott Opens Operation Lone Star Jail Booking Facility in Jim Hogg County

Austin, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 8th, announced that the State of Texas has launched a second Operation Lone Star jail booking facility. At the facility, individuals who are arrested for committing border-related crimes in the surrounding…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Seven To Texas Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emmitt Jackson, Jr. and Hillary England to the Texas Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council for terms set to expire on January 31, 2023 and January 31, 2024, respectively. Additionally,…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Steel Dynamics Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Sinton

Austin, TX - Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 9th, delivered remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Steel Dynamics' new manufacturing facility in Sinton. Steel Dynamics is one of the largest domestic steel producers and metal recyclers in the…

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Texas Ranked Top Exporting State For 20th Consecutive Year

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 10th, issued a statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released data showing Texas as the top exporting state, now for the 20th consecutive year. With more than $375.3 billion in exports in 2021,…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three to One-Call Board of Texas

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Richard Gann, Marcela Navarrete, and Manish Seth and appointed Robert Bridge to the One-Call Board of Texas for terms set to expire on August 31, 2024. The board has authority over…

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Governor’s Committee On People With Disabilities Seeks Nominations For The 2022 Barbara Jordan Media Awards

Austin, TX -- The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD), in partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Communication and the Disability Studies Minor in the College of Liberal Arts, are now…

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks at Great Lakes Cheese Facility Construction Site in Abilene

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 7th, held a press conference at the construction site of the new Great Lakes Cheese (GLC) packaging and distribution facility in Abilene. The Governor also presented GLC with a signed proclamation and…

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Governor Abbott Statement on Death of Texas National Guardsman

Austin, TX - Governor Greg Abbot on FEb 7th, issued a statement after the Texas Military Department announced that a Texas Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star died in a non-mission related incident. The Texas Rangers are…

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Governor Abbott Fights Biden's National Guard Vaccine Mandate in Federal Court

Austin, TX - Governor Greg Abbott has filed a preliminary-injunction motion urging the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to protect non-federalized members of the Texas National Guard from the Biden Administration's COVID-19…

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Governor Abbott Releases 2022 Report To The People Of Texas

Austin, TX -– Governor Greg Abbott on Feb 8th, released his "2022 Report to the People of Texas," looking back at all that was accomplished by and for the people of Texas over the previous year and sharing his vision for the year ahead. This…

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Applications Open for Texas Partners in Policymaking Graduating Class of 2023

Texas Partners in Policymaking (Partners) is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 program year. Partners is an innovative statewide leadership development program for people with developmental disabilities and family members of people with…

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Governor Abbott Orders Texas Flags In San Marcos To Half-Staff In Honor Of Fallen Officer Kenneth Copeland

Austin, TX -- Governor Abbott has ordered Texas flags in the City of San Marcos and in any surrounding municipalities or political subdivisions to be lowered to half-staff in memory of San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland who was killed in the…

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