Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently told his story again about how he became paralyzed. He also shared a story of hope from the Sutherland Springs shooting survivor Julie Workman and her son Kris.
Abbott explained that one day in 1984 he decided to take a break from studying for the bar exam and go for a jog. He was 26-years-old and newly married.
While running, a large oak tree cracked and fell on him, paralyzing him from the waist down. Years later he would quip, he knows what the audience is thinking: “You’re wondering,” he says, “‘How slow was that guy jogging to get hit by a tree?”
His wife, Cecilia Abbott, is the first Latina First Lady in Texas history.
Prior to being elected governor in 2014, Abbott was a Harris County Judge in Houston. He was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court. He was also the Texas Attorney General for eight years.
Abbott’s latest campaign ad, which is running in every media market in Texas, features Julie Workman, whose son, Kris Workman, 35, was shot in the back and left paralyzed.
The two-minute ad, which is slated to run in every media market in Texas, features Abbott, who was paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 26, visited the Workmans in the hospital after the shooting.
In the ad, Julie Workman praises Abbott’s kindness toward her family. She says Abbott gave her family hope and showed her that “her son’s future could be anything that he wanted it to be.”
“Here the governor is in a wheelchair — and he’s our governor,” Julie Workman says. “To see his strength and his kindness and then know that that’s my son’s potential right there.”
The ad ends with Abbott and Kris Workman, now in a wheelchair, rolling next to each other in front of American and Texas flags.