Lunch with Governor Abbott

Yvette Mendoza

October 12, 2021

On October 12th, the LEAP Ambassadors had the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Governor Greg Abbott. This wonderful lunch was hosted at a soon-to-be-opened restaurant in Huntsville, La Misión Grill and Cantina. As this was a new type of event for us, we didn’t know what to expect, but we were filled with excitement to be able to help the staff set up and have the chance to hear the Governor speak to the citizens of Huntsville.

Setting the mood all throughout the Mexican restaurant were elegant patriotic decorations. The centerpieces were decorated with a beautiful floral arrangement of hydrangeas, roses, and Texas flags, as well as homemade sugar cookies in the shape of the Governor’s Mansion.

Although Jessica and I were admiring the gorgeous set up, we were also running around helping ensure each table had the proper name tents. We were then assigned to the role of giving out name tags to the arriving guests. We were excited to see some lovely familiar faces: Linda McKenzie, Mayor Andy Brauninger, Mr. Alvin Martin, former council member Tish Humphrey, and many more community leaders of Huntsville.

As everyone began to take their seats, the moment we had all been waiting for finally came when Governor Greg Abbott appeared in the middle of the restaurant. He spoke on the topics of currents issues including the crisis on the Texas border, our economy, and his views on the current political scene.

He also mentioned Walker County’s strong voter turnout in the last election.

While Governor Abbott spoke, we were being served by the kind staff at La Misión. We had a plate that had Mexican style cream of corn, rice, cheese enchiladas, and a chicken mini taco garnished with salsa verde. It was nice enough to be in the same room as the governor, but a particular treat to also have some gourmet, flavor-packed Mexican cuisine.

Following his speech, Governor Abbott’s opened the floor for questions and we were able to ask questions, hear his thoughts on a wider variety of issues, and learn about what others thought as well.

Following Governor Abbott’s talk, we were able to hear from Senator Charles Schwertner, who spent much time discussing the special session and redistricting.

The day was a great not only to experience new things, but also to become informed for the upcoming election!

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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