He began his legal and political career in Houston.
And it was in Houston, on July 14, 1984, that Abbott’s life changed forever.
That’s when a tree fell on him while he was jogging, breaking his back and requiring doctors put two steel rods in his back.
“You often hear politicians talking about having a spine of steel,’ explains Abbott. ‘I actually have a steel spine, and I will put that to work for you and all Texans and your families.”
Abbott talked with NewsFix about his campaign, and weighed in on last week’s passage of sweeping abortion reforms, “We believe every life is precious, and so that’s why we are working to ensure that we protect both the lives of women and the lives of the unborn. And I believe that this legislation that just passed out of the state Legislature is going to achieve both of these goals.”
So far, three other republicans have declared their candidacies. Larry Secede Kilgore, Mariam Martinez, a former candidate and Univision personality, and Tom Pauken, a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.