Texas Governor Greg Abbott, First Lady Cecilia Abbott and their daughter Audrey at
the 2015 Texas Inaugural Ball celebrating Governor Abbott’s inauguration.
First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott
speaks at the Barbara Bush Houston
Literacy Foundation "Life Without
“Success in Texas is diverse,” she explains.
“Many of the top cities for Hispanic
entrepreneurs are here in Texas. I am especially
proud that we are number one in the nation
for the number of people employed by
businesses owned by Hispanic women.”
According to Abbott, businesses owned by
Hispanic women in Texas create more jobs
than any other state, including New York
and California. Texas is second in the nation
in number of Latina-owned businesses — a
fact backed up by the latest Census data.
“We are committed to become number
one,” she says.
Her husband, Governor Greg Abbott made
a public commitment to that goal in a guest
column he wrote that was published on
Forbes.com in September 2015.
She explained there is work to do to ensure
greater opportunity before reaching that goal.
“That is why Texas is so committed to
unleashing the power of entrepreneurs and
innovators to secure the freedom to aspire
for more Texas families, and to better, inform
and empower our Hispanic communities,”
she says. “Texas has a plan to keep our state
the best place for Hispanic women to start
and own their businesses.”
Today, the governor’s office encourages
women to invest in themselves and their
“Their success doesn’t just affect their
employers and their families,” she adds, “It
impacts their communities, the entire state
and the nation.”
In his column, the governor pointed out
that by not imposing personal income tax
or corporate income tax, the state cut the
business franchise tax by 25 percent. Women
can use resources offered by government
agencies and private entities through the
Governor’s Commission for Women. The
governor approved more than $2 million in
2015 to fund a Center for Women in Business
at Texas Women’s University in Denton.
Abbott looks forward to making a
difference in her role every day. A week
before he was scheduled to take the bar
exam, Abbott was in an accident that left
him partially paralyzed. Their love for one
another and faith in God gave them the
strength to move forward.
“Greg was so devoted to moving forward
that he even returned to work while still
wearing a body cast,” she shares.
Together, they are an unstoppable force.
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