Background

Gubernatorial Elections

Texas elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Texas, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the “on the first Tuesday after the organization of the Legislature, or as soon thereafter as practicable.”If two candidates tie for the most votes or if an election is contested, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to resolve the issue.

The incumbent, Greg Abbott, is the forty-eighth governor to serve in the office since Texas' statehood in 1845. He assumed office on January 20, 2015, succeeding Rick Perry (R). Perry was the longest-serving governor in state history with a tenure lasting from 2000 to 2015. Abbott previously served as the Attorney General of Texas from 2002 to 2015.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Figure 4.2 Greg Abbott is an American attorney and politician who has served as the 48th Governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A Republican, Abbott previously served as the 50th Attorney General of Texas from 2002 to 2015.
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