Mr. Paxton, a former state representative who cultivated the Republican Party’s conservative grassroots, was the first elected attorney general in 2014. He vowed to fight the Affordable Care Act and defend Texas identity law.
But he has spent almost all of his time since 2015 as attorney general, pursued by misconduct charges, including criminal charges for securities fraud. Paxton failed to register as an investment adviser representative and misled investors by encouraging them to invest in the company but not saying the company would pay them. The case is still pending.
Last year, many Mr. Paxton’s top aides, who have themselves become staunch conservative, whistle-blowers, have been accused of bribery, abuse of power and other potential criminal acts in a relationship with an Austin real estate investor. The allegations against the FBI prompted a federal investigation into the allegations. Paxton’s head. He has denied wrongdoing in both cases.
However, Mr. Paxton, who won the Republican primary last month, defeated George P., a member of the political dynasty, the land commissioner. Bush was defeated by hand. He did so in part by playing Texas politics properly, which has been his greatest talent.
Mr. Paxton joined Mr. Trump is trying to overturn the 2020 election results, suing states where Mr. Trump lost by accusing him of fraud. Mr. Paxton appeared with Mr. Trump in Washington in January. 6, 2021, in a rally in which thousands of people rallied, some of whom went to storm the US Capitol. Mr. Trump backed Paxton last year, helping him move forward through his scandals and the Republican primary.
Mr. Paxton has echoed the former president in another way: by attacking tech companies. In 2020, Mr. Paxton’s office, joined by nine other states, filed a no-confidence motion against Google. The lawsuit alleges that the Internet giant abused its control over an opaque system that distributed ads online.
After Jan. 6 riots, Mr. Paxton sent notices not only to Twitter but also to Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google requesting details of the practice of content moderation.