Tribpedia: Governor's Office

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The Texas Governor's Office includes several divisions and offices in charge of implementing the governor's policy visions for the state. As of July 2009, 278 employees worked for the office of the governor.

The offices of the governor include:

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Audio: Assessing the Perry Legacy

Reporter Jay Root, Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff and top transportation appointee Deirdre Delisi, former Perry presidential campaign manager Rob Johnson, Democratic consultant Harold Cook and state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin at El Arroyo in Austin discussing Rick Perry's legacy on Nov. 18, 2014.
Reporter Jay Root, Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff and top transportation appointee Deirdre Delisi, former Perry presidential campaign manager Rob Johnson, Democratic consultant Harold Cook and state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin at El Arroyo in Austin discussing Rick Perry's legacy on Nov. 18, 2014.

Two of Gov. Rick Perry's top former aides, GOP strategists Deirdre Delisi and Rob Johnson, sit down with two Democrats, consultant Harold Cook and Rep. Donna Howard of Austin, to size up Perry's legacy after 14 years as Texas governor. The discussion was moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root.

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."

 

 

 

Analysis: Primary Totals a Reminder of a Past Vote

Gov. Ann Richards' opponent in the 1994 Democratic primary got 22 percent, so Wendy Davis isn't the first heavily favored Democratic candidate for governor to lose a fifth of the primary vote. And GOP crowing about the size of its own electorate hides the overall unpopularity of voting in primary elections. Primary voting is less popular in Texas than smoking cigarettes.

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.

Analysis: College Resignations Pose a Question: Legacy or Change?

Job openings atop the state's big universities give regents and Rick Perry, the lame-duck governor who appointed them, a chance to extend his legacy — to name replacements who would continue his policies and politics when he's gone — or to set the stage for his successor.

Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990
Ann Richards (l) on the campaign trail in 1988 and Clayton Williams during the campaign in 1990

Not a Rerun of Claytie and the Lady

Things are different now. People come to see Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis, for sure, but not as spectacles, not for the same reasons they came to see the candidates who came to be known as Ann and Claytie. The 2014 race for governor features a couple of smart lawyers who exemplify the modern Texas of cities and suburbs.

Greg Abbott at a campaign stop after announcing his run for governor.
Greg Abbott at a campaign stop after announcing his run for governor.

Abbott's Adversity a Key Part of His Campaign Message

Attorney General Greg Abbott's story of adversity, which has become the symbolic centerpiece of his gubernatorial campaign, has the potential to resonate deeply with voters. But in the past, it has exposed him to criticism from those who say he has battered the legal protections he benefited from for political gain.

Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.
Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.

Pauken Leans In, Against the GOP's Status Quo

The former Texas Republican Party chairman is betting his fellow conservatives want a change of direction after a dozen years of Gov. Rick Perry and what he says would be "more of the same" from Attorney General Greg Abbott. But Tom Pauken's is a long-shot candidacy. 

Interactive: Bills Vetoed by Perry

Of the hundreds of bills that were approved by both the House and the Senate in the 83rd legislative session, more than two dozen were vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry. Use our interactive to see which measures did not survive Sunday's veto deadline. 

Interactive: Bills Sent to the Governor's Office

Hundreds of bills that have been signed by both the House and the Senate are arriving at Gov. Rick Perry's office. Use our interactive — which updates automatically — to see which measures he has signed, which he has vetoed and which have become law without his signature. He has until June 16 to make his decisions. 

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall came under fire for failing to disclose all of the lawsuits in his background when he filled out his application. Hall has since updated the filings, which were obtained by the Texas Tribune under the open records act.

The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.
The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.

Deciphering a Short Turn at the Governor's Office

Texas Weekly

 Political insiders rarely take things at face value, so it’s not surprising that they are scratching their collective heads over Ann Bishop’s sudden hiring and equally sudden departure from the office of Gov. Rick Perry