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Republican Abbott Becomes Texas' First New Governor Since 2000

By Will Weissert 
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Greg Abbott has been sworn in as Texas' governor, the state's first new chief executive in more than 14 years.

The 57-year-old was inaugurated Tuesday in a ceremony on the state Capitol steps. Abbott succeeds Rick Perry, who had been in office since December 2000 and was Texas' longest-serving governor.

Organizers raised more than $4.5 million for daylong festivities. Those include a parade through Austin, a barbeque with four tons of brisket, a ball and a concert featuring Lady Antebellum.

State politics aren't expected to change under Abbott, who's as conservative as Perry. But Abbott, a former state attorney general, brings a judicial mentality different from his predecessor's political cowboy persona.

Abbott is also America's first governor who uses a wheelchair since 1987, when Alabama's George Wallace left office.

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