- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott made his first event of 2015 a ceremony to debut new wheelchair access at an Austin high school.

Abbott on Monday joined an Austin High School student who raised $87,000 toward installing automatic push-button doors on campus. Archer Hadley is a senior with cerebral palsy and invited Abbott, who has used a wheelchair since 1984 after being paralyzed in a jogging accident.

Abbott called Hadley an inspiration to his fellow students and the rest of the state.

Abbott is the first elected governor in the U.S. to be in a wheelchair since 1982. He made the story of his accident and recovery a cornerstone of his campaign during his run for governor.



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