AUSTIN, TX — Out with the old, and in with a new chapter in Texas politics. Greg Abbott is now the 48th Governor of the Great State of Texas.
Tens of thousands gathered on the South Capitol Lawn to witness history in the making.
“I am living proof that we live in a state where a young man’s life can literally be broken in half and yet he can still rise up and be governor of this great state,” Abbott, the first governor in the state’s history to use a wheelchair, told a crowd of lawmakers and supporters after taking the oath of office.
Three decades ago, when he was 26, an oak tree fell on Abbott as he was jogging, paralyzing him from the waist down.
With the inauguration, Abbott became Texas’ first new governor since 2000. Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry has not only become the longest-serving governor in state history, but also ranks among the 10 longest-serving governors in American history.
For at least the next four years, it will be Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at the helm of the Lone Star State.
How they handle the many challenges ahead will determine for how long.