Tribpedia: Rick Perry

James Richard "Rick" Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, was sworn in as the state's 47th chief executive on Dec. 21, 2000, replacing then-Gov. George W. Bush upon his ascendancy to the White House. Perry was elected to a four-year term in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. On July 8, 2013, Perry announced he would not ...

Perry Says Texas Shouldn't Sweat Falling Oil Prices

Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.

Citing an increasingly diversified Texas economy, former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday boasted about the “Texas Miracle” and said there’s no reason to be overly concerned about the plummeting price of oil.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.

Rick Perry: Iowa Trip Aims to "Add to the Edge" Ted Cruz Has in State

Long accustomed to traversing Iowa with a cast of local Republicans, presidential candidate Ted Cruz received some new company Tuesday in the form of a fellow Texan: former Gov. Rick Perry.

The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.
The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.

One Year, Two Races: Inside the GOP’s Bizarre, Tumultuous 2015

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There were two halves to 2015 for the Republican presidential race: BT and AT, Before Trump and After Trump. From January to mid-June, the story of the GOP presidential race was mostly conventional. But since then, there were unanticipated twists — some of which included Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry.

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.

Stickland Race Heats Up Over Pot, Rape Comments

When Scott Fisher announced he was challenging state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, the Tea Party firebrand told him to bring it on. But Stickland's been the one on his heels. Fisher has raised questions about the incumbent's integrity following the discovery of comments Stickland made online about drugs and rape years before he took office. 

David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Perry's Lawyers Fight to Finish Off 15-Month-Old Indictment

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry fought Wednesday before the state's highest criminal court to finish off a 2014 indictment against him, while prosecutors argued it was far too early to let Perry of the hook. The debate played out at a two-hour hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.
Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.

Highest Criminal Court in Texas to Hear Perry Case

The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry is hanging in the balance Wednesday as the state's highest criminal court takes it up in what could be the most consequential moment yet for the 15-month-old indictment. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in the case at 9 a.m. in downtown Austin, a two-hour proceeding that could lead to the remaining charge against Perry being dismissed — or the case moving closer to trial. 

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to Review Perry Case

Texas' highest criminal court has agreed to review the abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday granted requests by both Perry and Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney to determine whether the indictment against Perry should stand. 

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Another Key Perry Backer Heads to Bush Campaign

Austin Barbour is the latest ally of the Texas' longest-serving governor to throw his support behind ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the presidential race. Barbour served as a senior adviser to the now-defunct Opportunity and Freedom PAC.

 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Walker Follows Perry Out of Republican Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a substantive presence in Texas, even though he was one of the few GOP candidates who had never lived in the state. Rival presidential organizations were courting Walker donors even before his campaign confirmed news reports of his exit from the race. 

Rick Perry campaigns at a meet and greet in Storm Lake, Iowa on August 17, 2015.
Rick Perry campaigns at a meet and greet in Storm Lake, Iowa on August 17, 2015.

Pro-Perry Super PACs Give Back Millions

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A group of super PACs backing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s now-defunct presidential bid has refunded to donors most of the millions of dollars collected, the groups’ finance chairman said. The biggest donors to the pro-Perry super PACs are being heavily courted by other candidates.