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Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.

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House votes unanimously to expel Slaton

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Texas Republican and former state Rep. Bryan Slaton One day after now-former state Rep. Bryan Slaton announced his resignation from the Texas House of Representatives, members of the House have voted to expel him.

His resignation and now expulsion comes in the wake of an internal investigation that determined he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female intern in his office.

A two-thirds vote of the House membership was necessary for expulsion. Today’s vote was unanimous. It is the first time since 1927 a member of the House has been expelled. (I looked but have not yet found out who was expelled in 1927 and why.) As the Texas Tribune reports, after the vote Slaton’s nameplate was removed immediately from both his desk on the House floor a from the vote tally board at the front of the chamber.

Before House members voted, members of the House General Investigating Committee outlined the “unpleasant” and “graphic” allegations against him, pointed out that he had neither disputed the allegations nor expressed any remorse and that he tried to obstruct the investigation, the Tribune reports.

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