Monday, January 3, 2011
Attorney General Abbott swearing in
Attorney General Abbott remarks
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn remarks
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the talented men and women who serve the Texas Attorney General’s Office, we achieved some remarkable accomplishments over the last eight years, Attorney General Abbott said. During my first two terms as Texas Attorney General, we arrested more than 2,000 sexual predators, collected billions of dollars in child support, served thousands of crime victims, saved millions of dollars for the taxpayers, and provided expert legal representation to the State. With an unprecedented third term, we will build on those successes while also fighting back against unparalleled overreach by the federal government.
Accomplishments during Abbott’s two terms as Texas Attorney General include:
$18.4 billion collected in child support
more than $600 million awarded to crime victims and their families
more than $300 million in grants to nonprofits and crime victim advocacy organizations
more than $200 million recovered in civil Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse
more than 2,000 sexual predators, unregistered sex offenders, and child pornographers arrested
Prior to his election as Texas’ 50th Attorney General on Nov. 5, 2002, Greg Abbott served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County. A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his wife, Cecilia, a former school teacher and principal, have been married more than 25 years. They live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey.