Speaking to a crowd of nearly a hundred people in San Antonio, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy for governor of Texas.

The move came as little surprise, following Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement earlier in the week that he would not seek reelection. Instead, the day was designed around Abbott’s experiences as a lifelong Texan, a narrative that included his childhood in Longview, his work as a lawyer and the accident that left him unable to walk.

“Some politicians talk about having a spine of steel. I actually have one. I will use my steel spine to fight for you and Texas families every single day,” Abbott said.

As for his political platform, the man known for suing the Obama administration more than 20 times promised to continue his conservative record.

“Together, we will help all Texans climb the ladder of success,” Abbott said. “Not with Obama-style mandates & handouts, but with a level playing field that gets government out of the business of picking winners & losers, and by reducing taxes on employers.”

Abbott enters the race as a strongly favored candidate, with nearly $22 million in campaign funds raised so far. His only well known Republican challenger is former Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken.