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First Lady Cecilia Abbott

September 15, 2022

Cecilia Abbott made history as the first Hispanic person to serve as First Lady of Texas when her husband was sworn in as Governor. She’s the child of Mexican immigrants and grew up in San Antonio. Her parents were educators, and Cecilia would take their influence to heart to earn three degrees from the University of St. Thomas at Houston.

Like many Hispanics, Cecilia comes from a strong Catholic background that has imbued her with strong ties to her community and service. Before her time as First Lady, Cecilia served as a principal for many Catholic schools in the central Texas area. She would then direct her attention to the elderly, as she transitioned to a role as Director of Community Relations in a senior living center. As First Lady, she is a member of the National Charity League and the Dell Children’s Women’s Trust, where she continues to give back to the Austin community through philanthropy work.

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