Tribpedia: Governor's Office

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:

Grant Program for Military Bases Gets Infusion of Funds

Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, directs a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 5, 2014.
Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, directs a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 5, 2014.

The state is refueling a grant program that helps the state's 15 military installations pay for facility upgrades. The program aims to provide state support for revamping the bases and to shield military facilities in Texas from a future round of Base Realignment and Closure.  This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Taya Kyle receives the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor that Gov. Greg Abbott awarded to her late husband, Chris Kyle, on Aug. 26, 2015.
Taya Kyle receives the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor that Gov. Greg Abbott awarded to her late husband, Chris Kyle, on Aug. 26, 2015.

Abbott Honors "American Sniper" Chris Kyle

Saying that Chris Kyle's "remarkable, selfless service may be unrivaled in the annals of our proud history," Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday posthumously awarded the late Navy SEAL sniper the state's highest military honor.

 

 

Filmed in Texas, the television show Friday Night Lights received $6.7 million in state incentive funds.
Filmed in Texas, the television show Friday Night Lights received $6.7 million in state incentive funds.

Budget Cuts Hit Film, Video Game Incentive Fund

State lawmakers inflicted deep cuts on the incentive program Texas uses to lure film, television and video game productions to the state. Now, industry advocates say Texas-based productions — like the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights — will be scarcer. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series

TDCJ Inmate Billy Joel Tracy, suspect in beating death of Correctional Officer Timothy Davison.
TDCJ Inmate Billy Joel Tracy, suspect in beating death of Correctional Officer Timothy Davison.

Rookie Prison Guard Killed Escorting Violent Inmate

A rookie Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard was beaten to death Wednesday at a northeast Texas prison as he was escorting an inmate, one with an extensive history of attempted escapes and previous beatings of prison personnel, from a day room to a cell.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny receives a Texas belt buckle from Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on March 15, 2015.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny receives a Texas belt buckle from Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on March 15, 2015.

Abbott Discusses Trade With Irish Prime Minister

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Gov. Greg Abbott met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny Sunday morning to discuss trade and economic relations. It was Abbott's first meeting with a foreign prime minister since becoming governor. 

Then-Gov. Rick Perry hoists the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix trophy on November 17, 2013, with Attorney General Greg Abbott watching on.
Then-Gov. Rick Perry hoists the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix trophy on November 17, 2013, with Attorney General Greg Abbott watching on.

Abbott, Hegar Propose Overhauling Events Fund Subsidies

Gov. Greg Abbott and Comptroller Glenn Hegar are calling for the Legislature to overhaul controversial taxpayer-funded programs used to lure sporting events to Texas and move them from the Comptroller to the Governor’s Office.

During a news conference on Nov. 11, 2014, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced that he's appointing Cameron County Judge Carlos Casco as the next Texas secretary of state.
During a news conference on Nov. 11, 2014, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced that he's appointing Cameron County Judge Carlos Casco as the next Texas secretary of state.

Abbott Says Education Will Be Top Policy Priority

During a news conference in which he announced the selection of his senior staff, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said Monday that he wants to improve the educational foundation that students receive in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

 

 

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.

Audio: Assessing the Perry Legacy

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.