- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The swearing in of new Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes his wife the state’s first Hispanic first lady.

Cecilia Abbott is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and was raised in San Antonio.

Delivering his inaugural address on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, the new governor said his wife embodies Texas.

He said the state “has been the blending of cultures from across the globe even before we became our own nation.”

Hispanics are the state’s fastest-growing segment of the population and are forecast to make up a plurality of its residents as soon as 2020.

Cecilia Abbott, 55, shares the same birthday as her husband, Nov. 12, but he’s two years her senior.


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