A native Texan, Greg 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. Governor Abbott is an avid sportsman and hunter.
He and his wife, Cecilia, have been married for thirty-four years. She is a former schoolteacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. They live in Austin. Their daughter, Audrey, attends college.