Will Texas Gov. Greg Abbott develop signature achievement during third term?

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AUSTIN — Greg Abbott’s tenure as Texas governor has been highlighted by crises.

Since he took office in 2015, he’s had to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 winter storm that killed 246 people, several mass shootings, including the Uvalde massacre, and other emergencies complicated by political polarization.

“Right now his legacy is going to be that he’s a tested governor,” said state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano. “He has gone through significant disasters, pandemics, tragic shootings and all sorts of things. He’s come out stronger from it, and the state of Texas has come out stronger from all those challenges.”

But Abbott wants to be known as more than a crisis governor.

After he takes his oath of office Tuesday for a record-tying third four-year term, he’ll offer his vision for Texas over the next four years and beyond. His inaugural speech is expected to focus…

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