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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Delivers Commencement Address At The University Of Texas At Arlington

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 22:36
First Lady Cecilia Abbott delivered the commencement address this evening at the joint graduation ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she congratulated the Class of 2018 on their academic achievements and encouraged them to live a connected life.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott delivered the commencement address this evening at the joint graduation ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she congratulated the Class of 2018 on their academic achievements and encouraged them to live a connected life.

“As Texans, we really are all one family; we are all connected,” said First Lady Abbott. “In fact, we live in such a connected world, it’s easy to disconnect from real life. We can travel anywhere, anytime, anyplace by simply touching the screen on our phone. To escape is easy. The real challenge is to live a connected life.

“You will leave UT Arlington with an amazing head start. Here, you have been nurtured in an environment that values excellence, ingenuity and diversity. As you take the next step — starting your career, starting your next degree, starting on your life’s path — stay plugged in to real life. Focus on your family, the people around you, the people closest to you each day. Those are the connections that matter most.”

A former teacher and principal, Cecilia Abbott attended the University of Texas at Austin before subsequently earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston: a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in theology.

In November, the University of Texas at Arlington honored Governor Greg Abbott with the President’s Medal at its 54th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Governor Abbott studied finance at UT Arlington before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Austin and a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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Governor Abbott joined CNBC’s Squawk Alley to discuss Apple’s $1B expansion in Austin, Texas.

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 22:33
First Lady Cecilia Abbott delivered the commencement address this evening at the joint graduation ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she congratulated the Class of 2018 on their academic achievements and encouraged them to live a connected life.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott delivered the commencement address this evening at the joint graduation ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she congratulated the Class of 2018 on their academic achievements and encouraged them to live a connected life.

“As Texans, we really are all one family; we are all connected,” said First Lady Abbott. “In fact, we live in such a connected world, it’s easy to disconnect from real life. We can travel anywhere, anytime, anyplace by simply touching the screen on our phone. To escape is easy. The real challenge is to live a connected life.

“You will leave UT Arlington with an amazing head start. Here, you have been nurtured in an environment that values excellence, ingenuity and diversity. As you take the next step — starting your career, starting your next degree, starting on your life’s path — stay plugged in to real life. Focus on your family, the people around you, the people closest to you each day. Those are the connections that matter most.”

A former teacher and principal, Cecilia Abbott attended the University of Texas at Austin before subsequently earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston: a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in theology.

In November, the University of Texas at Arlington honored Governor Greg Abbott with the President’s Medal at its 54th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Governor Abbott studied finance at UT Arlington before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Austin and a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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Commission To Rebuild Texas Offers Post-Harvey Recommendations To Legislature

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:54
Governor Greg Abbott’s Commission to Rebuild Texas today offered to the Texas Legislature wide-ranging recommendations to help Texas better prepare for future catastrophic storms in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Greg Abbott’s Commission to Rebuild Texas today offered to the Texas Legislature wide-ranging recommendations to help Texas better prepare for future catastrophic storms in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey required a Texas-sized response, and I am incredibly proud of how the people of Texas came together to respond to this challenge even as rebuilding continues to this day,” said Governor Abbott. “Once again, Texans have shown that no force of nature is more powerful than the Texas spirit. I thank Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, who served as chairman, as well as Chief Nim Kidd of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and all of the members of the Commission to Rebuild Texas for their invaluable leadership. As this detailed and forward-thinking report shows, Texas continues to be a leader in disaster response. And by working together to implement the Commission’s recommendations, we will ensure that Texas is better prepared to respond to and mitigate damages from future natural disasters.”

“Texas enjoys the best rescue operation in the nation because our first responders train year-round,” said Chancellor Sharp. “It is important that we treat disaster recovery with the same commitment, and that we train and prepare our local and state officials to deal with the maze of recovery issues. The next natural disaster is a question of when, not if.”

Among the recommendations in the 178-page report, “Eye of the Storm,” based on lessons learned during the response to Hurricane Harvey, the State of Texas should:

• Form an ongoing recovery task force made up of county extension agents as well as staff from appropriate state agencies and nonprofit organizations;

• Predesignate a group of experts ready to assemble immediately for large-scale disasters to help response and early recovery efforts function more efficiently;

• Maintain a single, well-publicized State website for post-disaster information as well as investigate better use of 911, social media and mobile apps to communicate with the public and local officials;

• Develop catastrophic debris management procedures, encouraging local jurisdictions to adopt debris management plans as well as establishing a contracting template to protect against unscrupulous contractors;

• Expand the role of the Texas Department of Transportation in debris removal, a first during Harvey recovery, after future catastrophic storms; and

• Create a case management program at the state level to replace the federal version to speed up the response to individual needs.

The Commission also recommends that the Texas Division of Emergency Management be integrated into the extensive emergency management functions currently performed by The Texas A&M University System to improve the training of local officials in disaster assistance, emergency management training, mitigation and preparedness planning, and emergency response. 

Following this recommendation, the Governor announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management, under the leadership of Chief Kidd, will now operate within The Texas A&M University System. A memorandum of understanding has been signed by the Texas A&M System and the Texas Department of Public Safety; Chief Kidd will continue to head the Texas Division of Emergency Management as a vice chancellor of the A&M System.

Other recommendations offered in the report will require the cooperation of Congress and the federal government, including the creation of a single intake form and an automated intake system so disaster survivors do not have to fill out so many applications for services.

The Governor’s Commission also looked at the need to future-proof the state’s infrastructure. The report recommended prioritizing more than 4,000 potential projects and establishing a study committee to evaluate and propose options for a state-local partnership to help future-proof Texas against flood events on a watershed basis.

The Commission will conduct a legislative briefing at 3:00 pm today. A livestream will be available on the Texas A&M University System's Facebook page.

Read the full report

 Watch the legislative briefing. 

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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At The Opportunity Austin Investor’s Lunch

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:55
Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks to business leaders and investors at the Opportunity Austin Investor's Lunch.

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks to business leaders and investors at the Opportunity Austin Investor's Lunch. The Governor’s speech centered on the Texas success story as he highlighted the pro-growth policies that have made the Lone Star State the global economic powerhouse it is today.

"CEO’s continually rank the Lone Star State the best state for business because we understand that when the private sector succeeds, Texas succeeds," said Governor Abbott.
“That is why we have created an environment that keeps taxes low, ensures regulations are predictable and kept in check, and minimizes frivolous lawsuits through sensible litigation reform. This session we have an opportunity to do even more by reining in property taxes and reforming our school finance system, further incentivizing businesses and job creators to invest in Texas.”

Opportunity Austin is a economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the 5-county Central Texas region. Since the inception of Opportunity Austin, business and community leaders have supported and funded this regional economic development program within the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses Annual Irving Salvation Army Super Lunch

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:03
First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the annual Salvation Army Super Lunch in Irving, where she recognized the Salvation Army for their community outreach programs in Irving, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and thanked local citizens and civic and business leaders for their continuing generous donations of volunteer hours and much-needed funding.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the annual Salvation Army Super Lunch in Irving, where she recognized the Salvation Army for their community outreach programs in Irving, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and thanked local citizens and civic and business leaders for their continuing generous donations of volunteer hours and much-needed funding. The First Lady also spoke about her signature Texanthropy initiative and the importance of volunteer service in Texas.

“I believe that we are each called to serve,” said First Lady Abbott. “That’s why my top priority is encouraging Texans to give back through volunteerism and service. That service may simply be sharing a warm smile or a warm meal. That service may be sharing a few extra hours or a few extra dollars. But that service is such a meaningful gift.

“The boys and girls you help today are the difference makers of tomorrow. The Governor and I wish that all of the children of Texas have that chance to make a difference. With the good works of the Salvation Army and your generous support, we can make that happen.

Learn more about First Lady Cecilia Abbott's Texanthropy initiative.

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Governor Abbott Participates In Fireside Chat At U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee Meeting

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:55
Governor Greg Abbott today participated in a Fireside Chat at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Meeting (CCC100) in Austin. The Governor and CCC100 Chairman Matt Shay discussed the importance of workforce development and the strategies behind Texas’ continued economic success.

Governor Greg Abbott today participated in a Fireside Chat at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Meeting (CCC100) in Austin. The Governor and CCC100 Chairman Matt Shay discussed the importance of workforce development and the strategies behind Texas’ continued economic success.

“CEOs and business leaders continue to invest in Texas because of our high quality workforce and our commitment low taxes and reasonable regulations,” said Governor Abbott. “However, as the global marketplace shifts to a 21st century economy, Texas must focus on the future. That is why the Lone Star State will continue to diversify its economy and invest in our workforce to ensure we remain a global powerhouse.”

The Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 is comprised of chamber executives from across the country that represent the various perspectives of chambers and their members. Twice a year, CCC100 members come together for an exclusive meeting to address issues facing local and regional chambers.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Massey To Aerospace And Aviation Advisory Committee

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:43
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.

Shannon Massey of Canyon is vice president of assembly operations for Bell, which includes the company’s commercial and military aircraft delivery center in Amarillo. Shannon is a board member of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, co-chair for the West Texas A&M University Path to 125 intellectual resources committee, and a board member of the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon. Additionally, she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Helicopter Society, American Chemical Society, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Massey received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center In Response To Severe Weather In Texas

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:37
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as severe weather such as flooding, and winter weather, including snow and ice, are expected to impact parts of the state over the next few days.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as severe weather such as flooding, and winter weather, including snow and ice, are expected to impact parts of the state over the next few days. The SOC increased its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) at 8 a.m. this morning, and Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.

“As severe weather approaches, it is imperative that Texans heed all warnings from first responders and local officials,” said Governor Abbott. “I encourage all Texans to stay alert to potentially hazardous road conditions and changing weather patterns. Texas is prepared to respond and offer the necessary assistance to local communities as they deal with the impact of this storm.”

State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - TX-TF 1
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • State Mass Care

For safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, visit http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm

For safety tips regarding winter weather preparedness, visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/winterstorm.htm

As a reminder, during the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Board Of Professional Engineers

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:06
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ademola “Peter” Adejokun, Rolando Rubiano, and Kiran Shah to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for terms set to expire on September 26, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ademola “Peter” Adejokun, Rolando Rubiano, and Kiran Shah to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for terms set to expire on September 26, 2023. The board licenses qualified engineers and regulates the practice of professional engineering.

Ademola “Peter” Adejokun of Arlington is a software engineer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Project Management Institute, The International Council on Systems Engineering, and the InfraGard National Infrastructure Protection Program. He has served on the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveyors Software Engineering PE Licensure Exam Committee, and currently serves on The University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board and the City of Arlington’s Zoning Board of Adjustments. Ademola received a Bachelor of Science in computer science engineering and a Bachelor of Science in physics from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Rolando Rubiano of Harlingen is the principal engineer and senior partner of Green, Rubiano & Associates, Inc. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Concrete Institute. He served on the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council from 2008 to 2018, and served as chair from 2014 to 2017. He is a member of the Valley International Airport Board of Directors and the City of Harlingen Audit Committee and past president of his local chapter of American Concrete Institute. Additionally, he is a former member of the 2008 Governor’s Committee for Disaster Recovery and Renewal and the Diocesan School Advisory Council for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, past president of St. Anthony Catholic School Council, and past advisory committee chair at Texas State Technical College. Rubiano received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kiran Shah of Richmond is an independent owner and operator of multiple national hotel franchises. He is a member of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Houston and a former member of the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists. He is a former ambassador and current member of the government affairs committee of the Asian American Hotel Owners’ Association and former commissioner of the Houston Clean City Commission. Additionally, he serves on the board of the India Culture Center of Houston, and he is the past vice chair of the Sardar Patel Cultural Club and past secretary of the Gujarati Samaj of Houston. Shah received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the M.S. University of Baroda, India and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Gujarat, India.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses Schwab Community Ambassador Leadership Summit

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:46
First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the Charles Schwab & Co. Community Ambassador Leadership Summit in Austin, where she welcomed Schwab Community Ambassadors from around the nation and recognized the more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service they contributed to their communities this year.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the Charles Schwab & Co. Community Ambassador Leadership Summit in Austin, where she welcomed Schwab Community Ambassadors from around the nation and recognized the more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service they contributed to their communities this year. The First Lady also spoke about her signature Texanthropy initiative and the importance of corporate community engagement and volunteer service in Texas.

“We all have gifts to share,” said First Lady Abbott. “That’s why my top priority is encouraging Texans to give back through volunteerism and service. Through my travels, I have met so many individuals, organizations, and businesses like yours who are so willing to give their time, talent or treasure to help their communities. My hope is that your leadership inspires others to answer the call to serve, to volunteer, and give back—each in their own way.”

Read more about First Lady Cecilia Abbott's Texanthropy Initiative.

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Governor Abbott Announces The Professional Golfers’ Association Of America’s Headquarters Is Relocating To Texas

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:35
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (The PGA of America) will relocate its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas, bringing $30 million in capital investment and a minimum of 100 new jobs to the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (The PGA of America) will relocate its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas, bringing $30 million in capital investment and a minimum of 100 new jobs to the state of Texas. Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is an organization of professional golfers with over 29,000 members. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of up to $1,500,000 has been extended to The PGA of America.

“For years, the PGA of America has served its membership all across the nation where they engage their local communities, and help to raise over $4 billion annually,” said Governor Abbott. “The decision to relocate their headquarters to Texas because of our business-friendly climate is a welcome one. I thank the PGA of America for the new jobs and investment that they will bring to the City of Frisco, wish them continued success, and welcome them to the Lone Star State, the home of champions.”

“The PGA of America is very proud to call Frisco our new home,” said CEO Seth Waugh. “We welcome the opportunity to develop friendships and partnerships with the community and its residents, as well as across North Texas and throughout the state. We are grateful to the City of Frisco, the State of Texas and Omni Stillwater Woods for embracing our vision of creating a transformational headquarters that, together with our world-class partners, helps us advance our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals and growing the game.”

“Today is both historic and transformational for the City of Frisco,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Not only will this signature development change the future of Frisco’s northern landscape, it will transform the sport, growing a new generation of pros, fans and golf enthusiasts. As Sports City, USA, we’re thrilled to partner with another world class brand like PGA of America. We’re also honored Omni is, once again, committing such a huge investment in our community, recognizing the potential to grow entertainment, tourism and economic development in one of the fastest growing cities in America.” 

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal on 29 projects in 2015-2018 that committed over $853 million in new capital investments and more than 16,500 new direct jobs all across the state, from Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley and communities in between. The TEF also serves as a jobs multiplier, supporting thousands more indirect jobs at existing local and small businesses. The $70 million invested in job creation during Governor Abbott’s administration also helped close the deal on eight corporate headquarter relocations to Texas. Administered by the Economic Development and Tourism Division within the Office of the Governor, the Texas Enterprise Fund helps to strengthen the state’s already diverse and growing economy and attract new jobs to communities across the state.

View more information about the PGA of America.

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Governor Greg Abbott Extended The State Disaster Declaration In December For Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:39
Governor Greg Abbott extended the State Disaster Declaration for Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28 and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Bexar, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, on September 20, 2017, and in each subsequent month effective through today, I issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all counties listed above; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor.  However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 4th day of December, 2018. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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Governor Greg Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning In Honor Of Former President George H.W. Bush

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 17:12
Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

WHEREAS, the nation and our state lost a distinguished leader with the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush on Friday, November 30, 2018; and  

WHEREAS, George H. W. Bush was a World War II veteran who served as one of the youngest aviators in the U.S. Navy; and after the war married Barbara Pierce Bush, his wife of 73 years, graduated from Yale University in just two and half years, and moved to Texas to begin a career in the oil and gas business; and

WHEREAS, he was first elected to public office as a United States Representative from Texas and then served as the Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office with the People’s Republic of China, and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and   

WHEREAS, President Bush served two distinguished terms as vice president before being elected the 41st president of the United States, where he oversaw the end of the Cold War with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the victory in the First Gulf War; and

WHEREAS, in retirement, President Bush used the years following his presidency to work with other presidents on humanitarian efforts and to urge bipartisan unity on the critical issues facing the country; and 

WHEREAS, it is fitting to publicly set aside a day of mourning so all Texans can reflect on the life and person of George Herbert Walker Bush; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas as the Chief Executive Officer, do hereby order the following: 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, shall be recognized as an official Day of Mourning.  The people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship, or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance. 

To allow state employees to attend such observances, state agencies, offices, and departments shall be closed on that day, and general government operations and services shall be maintained by skeletal work crews. 

In addition, and in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President of the United States and by my powers under the Texas Government Code, the flags of the United States of America and of the State of Texas on the State Capitol Building and in the Capitol Complex, at the Governor's Mansion, and upon all state buildings, grounds, and facilities shall be flown at half-staff for a period of 30 days. 

I further direct that these flags shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all Texas offices and facilities abroad.  Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions in Texas are encouraged to fly these flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect and honor. 

Flags should return to full staff at sunrise or the beginning of the display day on Monday, December 31, 2018. 

This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms, and this order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.

Given under my hand this the 3rd day of December, 2018. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

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Governor Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning In Honor Of Former President George H.W. Bush

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 17:10
Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship, or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance. 

To allow state employees to attend such observances, state agencies, offices, and departments shall be closed on that day, and general government operations and services shall be maintained by skeletal work crews. 

Read the full proclamation here.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Norris Adjutant General Of Texas

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:32
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Major General Tracy Norris the Adjutant General of Texas, effective January 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Major General Tracy Norris the Adjutant General of Texas, effective January 1, 2019. The adjutant general is commander of the Soldiers and Airmen of the Texas Military Department, and reports directly to the Governor in matters pertaining to the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard and Texas State Guard. General Norris is the first female to be appointed Adjutant General of Texas. 

"Major General Tracy Norris has a distinguished career and I am honored to appoint her Adjutant General of Texas," said Governor Abbott. "General Norris exemplifies the values of service and sacrifice, and her record is nothing short of impeccable. Under her leadership, the Texas Military Department will continue its strong legacy of service to the Lone Star State."

Major General Tracy Norris of Austin is Deputy Adjutant General for Army, and previously served as the Assistant Deputy Adjutant General for Army, and as Director of Construction and Facilities Management for the Texas Military Department. She also served as commander of the 176th Engineer Brigade and as Chief of Staff of the 36th Infantry Division; responsible for oversight of command and control throughout nine southern provinces of Iraq in 2010.

Additionally, General Norris has had the privilege of serving the Army National Guard (ARNG) in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts and at NGB Washington D.C. She served the NGB as a program manager and executive officer, overseeing the Environmental Division; National Guard Range & Training Lands Division; and as Chief of the Training Facilities Team under the Training Support Branch of the ARNG.

During her 32-year career, she has earned several decorations and awards including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), and Humanitarian Service Medal for service during Hurricane Katrina and Rita. General Norris is also a recipient of the Department of State Franklin Award as well as the Army Engineer Association Bronze order of the de Fleury Medal.

General Norris earned a commission after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Additionally, General Norris received a Master in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Governor Abbott Attends Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 17:38
Governor Greg Abbott today joined Jewish community leaders at the Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony in celebration of the first day of Hanukkah.

Governor Greg Abbott today joined Jewish community leaders at the Texas Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony in celebration of the first day of Hanukkah. The Governor spoke of the strength of the Jewish people and the enduring bond between the state of Texas and the Jewish community before lighting the shamash candle of the menorah.

“Today, as we celebrate this festival of lights, we are reminded of the remarkable strength and resolve of the Jewish people,” said Governor Abbott. “The lessons of Hanukkah have endured and remain relevant in our lives today. Cecilia and I wish a joyous Hanukkah to the Jewish community here in the state of Texas, across America, and around the world.”

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Governor Abbott Statement On Passing Of Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 06:25
Governor Greg Abbott tonight issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

Governor Greg Abbott tonight issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush:

"The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest Presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need."

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Governor Abbott Statement On McKesson Corporation Relocating Global Headquarters To Texas

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:42
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement welcoming McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 6 company, to the State of Texas. Effective April 1, 2019, McKesson Corporation will relocate its corporate headquarters from San Francisco, California to Las Colinas, Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement welcoming McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 6 company, to the State of Texas. Effective April 1, 2019, McKesson Corporation will relocate its corporate headquarters from San Francisco, California to Las Colinas, Texas. This relocation expands McKesson’s already strong presence in the DFW area, where they opened a campus in Irving in April of 2017. McKesson is the largest pharmaceutical distributor in the United States. 

"I’m delighted McKesson, a Fortune 6 company, is making Texas the home of its new global headquarters,” said Governor Abbott. "The company has a long record of success in our state. McKesson’s expansion is an example of the kind of high-quality companies and jobs Texas has attracted as a result of our focus on economic growth, and I am proud to welcome them to the Lone Star State.”

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Governor Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team Hosts Roundtable Discussion For Male Leaders To Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:31
Governor Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team hosted a roundtable for male leaders in law enforcement, faith communities, business, and youth-serving organizations from across the state to share strategies on preventing child sex trafficking.

Governor Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team hosted a roundtable for male leaders in law enforcement, faith communities, business, and youth-serving organizations from across the state to share strategies on preventing child sex trafficking. Children At Risk educated attendees about online strategies to deter and interdict buyers of commercial sex. New Friends New Life presented on its manKINDness program, which teaches young men the importance of respecting girls and women, and empowers them to prevent predatory behavior. Leaders who attended the meeting committed to implementing these strategies in their communities across Texas.

"The leaders at our meeting today addressed the reality that the market for child sexual exploitation is largely driven by men. But, today's meeting confirmed our conviction that Texas men can and must be a part of the solution in ending this heinous crime," said Andrea Sparks, Director of the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team. "These leaders are engaging their peers and educating and empowering young men to be part of the solution. Today's meeting is the first step in inspiring men of character all over our state to do just that."

New Friends New Life, Children At Risk, and Austin 20 — a philanthropic organization that supports anti-trafficking efforts in Austin, work closely with the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team to promote strategies that combat child victimization.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Junkin To The 453rd Judicial District Court

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 13:35
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David Junkin as Judge of the 453rd Judicial District Court in Hays County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David Junkin as Judge of the 453rd Judicial District Court in Hays County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified.

David Junkin of Wimberley is an attorney in private practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Hays County Bar Association, and the Wimberley Business & Professional Association. He is a member of the Wimberley Lions Club and a director and parliamentarian for CASA of Central Texas. Additionally, he is a former director of Wimberley Senior Citizens Activity, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, and the Wimberley Education Foundation. Junkin received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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