AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the governor of Texas, there are some perks that come along with the job, but getting out of jury duty is not be one of them. On Monday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott arrived at the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Travis County to report for jury duty.
Abbot says he’s lived in Austin for 15 years without being summoned for jury duty.
It makes for somewhat of an awkward situation, the former trial lawyer, Supreme Court judge, and top lawyer in the state, pulled number 15 as he waited with 35 other potential jurors to be selected in a domestic violence case. Even with five weeks left in session at the Capitol, he did not give an excuse and showed up.
“This is civic duty day. I think it’s important for everyone to come out whenever they are summoned to serve on juries and do their civic duty,” says Abbott.
For around 30 minutes before they went into Judge Mike Denton’s courtroom, the governor had to wait in the hall with his peers and a half-dozen journalists. He didn’t answer any questions about the brewing battles between lawmakers at the Capitol. He spent his time telling stories and joking with other possible jurors.
While waiting, Abbott joked there must be a target on the governor’s mansion. Both Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. George W. Bush were summoned for jury duty as well. Gov. Perry went through the jury process three times.
Ultimately, Abbott was not selected as one of the jurors.