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TX Governor Greg Abbott [R]'s appointments mostly given to Anglos

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The Houston Chronicle reported on Governor Abbott's appointments since taking office last year, the majority of those appointed to state boards & commissions have been predominately Anglo.


Three-fourths of Abbott's appointments have been Anglo, with more than 60% of them Anglo men. State Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin), who serves on the Senate Nominations Committee that considers appointees for confirmation, praised "the respect for the process" being demonstrated by Abbott. However, Watson did say the issue of diversity needs serious attention.


72% of Abbott's appointments have been Anglo, 62% have been men & 45% are Anglo men, according to figures provided by Abbott's office. Next largest subgroup by ethnicity & gender is Anglo women at 27%. 15% have been Latino & 6% African American.


Abbott's predecessors--including fellow GOPers Rick Perry [R] & George W. Bush [R] & Dem Ann Richards (D)--also appointed a preponderance of Anglos & men. Richards had the lowest percentage of each, with 67% Anglo & 59% men.


75% of Perry's appointments were Anglo & 64% men; for Bush, the respective percentages were 77% & 63%.


Thoughts on the appointments made by Governor Abbott so far ?



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