Elected Texas’s 48th Governor in 2014; reelected in 2018
Early Years: Born 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas
Education: Duncanville High School; University of Texas at Austin; Vanderbilt University Law School.
Career: State District Judge in Harris County; Justice on the Texas Supreme Court; longest-serving Attorney General of Texas.
Nickname: The Lone Star State
Population: 27.8 million
Size: The state covers 268,581 square miles
Economic drivers: energy, agriculture, technology, retail, construction
Did you know? Houston is one of only five American cities with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines: the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, and The Alley Theatre.