Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott set a record for most child support collected by any state in history, according to an announcement today, Wednesday, Sept. 25 by the Texas Attorney General Office. This announcement comes in the middle of the governor's race to replace Rick Perry who annouonced he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Abbott is running for the Republican nomination while possible Democratic candidate Wendy Davis is scheduled to make a "big announcement" soon regarding her intentions.
Under Abbott's supervision, $3.6 billion was collected by his office in the Lone Star State this past fiscal year which ended Aug. 31. This record-shattering amount benefitted 900,000 families in this state. Abbott, who first took office as AG in December 2002, has collected more than $27 billion through his office's Child Support Division.
While this amazing record will probably not help him win votes among those who refuse to support their own children, it should put him in good standing with a large majority of voters. Tom Pauken is opposing him for the Republican nomination.
The Texas Attorney General's Office Child Support Division ranks first in the nation for the sixth straight year under his leadership for the amount of child support collected. Since Abbott's tenure began in 2002 Texas collections have increased by 142 per cent, which is more than triple the national average of 37 percent.
Abbott would become the first Wichita Falls native to reside in the Governor's Mansion if he is successful in winning the election. James Allred, a Wichita Falls resident, was elected governor in the 1030s against two other Wichitans, but he was born in Bowie, about 45 miles down the road.
Services provided by the Texas Child Support Division include locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents and collecting and distributing child support payments.
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