Ken Paxton ‘doing great’ as impeachment trial continues, wife says

September 07, 2023 06:47 PM

AUSTIN, Texas — Suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is in good spirits amid the Senate impeachment trial that threatens to end his political career, according to his wife.

State Sen. Angela Paxton told the Washington Examiner Thursday afternoon that although her husband has not been present since the first day of the trial on Tuesday, he has been doing very well.


“I think he’s doing great,” Paxton said during a conversation at the Texas Capitol.

When asked about the defense team’s efforts during the trial and how she felt about the events, the senator said, “It is what it is,” and smiled.

Angela Paxton posted a picture to her social media accounts Wednesday evening that was taken a day earlier while she was praying at the start of the proceedings Tuesday.

“‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith’ – Hebrews 12: 1-2,” she wrote on Instagram, a reference to a verse in the New Testament of the Bible.

Angela Paxton is a third-term state senator from a wealthy suburb north of Dallas, roughly a three-hour drive from Austin. The Paxtons have been married since 1986 and have four children.

The trial is centered on the attorney general’s legal help to real estate developer Nate Paul, who prosecutors alleged paid Ken Paxton back by doing expensive home renovations at the couple’s residence in Austin and hiring a woman with whom Ken Paxton was allegedly having an affair.

The defense has tried to poke holes in the witnesses’ reason for reporting Ken Paxton to the FBI in 2020. Lead defense attorney Tony Buzbee grilled two of the attorney general’s former top deputies Wednesday and Thursday and questioned whether they had attempted to overthrow their boss and if they had rushed to conclusions about his interactions with Paul but not adequately shared their concerns with him before going to the FBI.

House lawmakers impeached Ken Paxton on 20 charges in May. The articles of impeachment included unfitness for office and bribery. The Senate took up 16 of those articles and will decide his fate in the coming weeks.

Just 12 of the 31 total senators are Democrats. The 19 remaining senators are Republican, including Angela Paxton. However, Angela Paxton was barred from voting on the matter but must attend the trial.

Texas Attorney General Impeachment
State Sen. Angela Paxton, a Republican and the wife of Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton, talks with defense attorney Tony Buzbee, left, before the impeachment trial for Ken Paxton resumes in the Senate Chamber at the Texas Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, in Austin, Texas.

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The attorney general on Tuesday was waived from having to testify or attend the proceedings.

The senator announced days before the trial that she would be running for a fourth term come November 2024.

🚨I am running for re-election for Senate District 8! 🚨

Today, at the Collin County GOP Labor Day Rally, I officially announced I am seeking re-election for #SD8. I appreciate the outpour of support & I look forward to serving my district for another term! #TxLege

— Senator Angela Paxton (@AngelaPaxtonTX) September 2, 2023