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 ...

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.

State Formally Challenges Pro-Perry Ruling

The state is officially challenging an appeals court ruling last month that dismissed one of two counts in the abuse-of-power indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry. On Friday, State Prosecuting Attorney Lisa McMinn asked the highest criminal court in Texas to overturn the decision. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to an audience of veterans and supporters at a fundraiser for the Puppy Jake Foundation in Iowa, on June 6, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to an audience of veterans and supporters at a fundraiser for the Puppy Jake Foundation in Iowa, on June 6, 2015.

Perry Trims Iowa Staff as Super PAC Ramps Up

A super PAC supporting Rick Perry for president is expanding its ranks in Iowa, coming to the aid of the former governor's cash-strapped campaign. The Opportunity and Freedom PAC announced Monday it has hired a state director and deputy in the Hawkeye State.

 

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press at the Governor's Mansion after the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26, 2015

Perry on Campaign Struggles: I'm Not Giving Up

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday indicated he had no plans to leave the presidential race amid a series of setbacks for his cash-strapped campaign. Perry told reporters he is going to "stay out there engaged in the process." 

Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center.
Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center.

Setbacks Pile Up as Perry Campaign Looks to Regroup

Over the past month, former Gov. Rick Perry has been dealt a series of stinging setbacks that have hobbled his presidential prospects, throwing into question how far he can make it in the 2016 race. His supporters are regrouping in Iowa, where his retail skills and work ethic are viewed as key ingredients for a strong finish.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Perry Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Dismiss Last Charge

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry are asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to throw out the remaining count in the indictment against him. Last month, a state appeals court dismissed one of two charges against Perry.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina joins Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Kimballton, Iowa.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina joins Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Kimballton, Iowa.

Rick Perry Campaign in Triage Mode

On the Iowa campaign trail, Rick Perry and his band of unpaid staffers were upbeat after a week of bad headlines about the financial state of his campaign. But Texas’ longest serving governor is in a race against time.

Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, S.C., on May 8, 2015.
Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, S.C., on May 8, 2015.

Analysis: Democracy, Millionaires and Billionaires

One definition of an ideal democracy is that money doesn’t really count for much, that all citizens get a fair look at all of the candidates and that everybody who can vote gets to vote. The winner takes office. Our version isn't ideal.

Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry acknowledge cheers in the House chamber on their final appearance to the Texas Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.
Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry acknowledge cheers in the House chamber on their final appearance to the Texas Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.

Analysis: More Money, More Democracy

His campaign is out of money, but former Gov. Rick Perry doesn't have to drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Campaign finance laws don't work that way anymore.

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.

State Attorney Set to Appeal Decision That Favored Perry

The Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney is planning to get involved in the pending indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry on abuse-of-power charges. Lisa McMinn, who leads the office, said Wednesday she plans to appeal a recent ruling that gave Perry his first major win in the yearlong case.

Gov. Rick Perry at his presidential campaign kickoff on June 4, 2015.
Gov. Rick Perry at his presidential campaign kickoff on June 4, 2015.

Perry Campaign Details Path Forward Despite Money Woes

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Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which stopped paying staff members as of Friday, is adjusting its strategy amid fundraising troubles. The campaign will focus on sending Perry to events in early voting states through commercial flights and work to get his message out in media interviews.

Former Gov. Rick Perry announces his 2016 candidacy for president June 4, 2015, in Addison, Texas.
Former Gov. Rick Perry announces his 2016 candidacy for president June 4, 2015, in Addison, Texas.

Perry Stops Paying All Campaign Staff

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Rick Perry's presidential campaign has stopped paying all of its staff as the Republican former Texas governor's fundraising has dried up, campaign officials and other Republicans familiar with the operation said late Monday.

Former Gov. Rick Perry announces his intentions to run for president in 2016 on June 4, 2015, at the Addison Airport.
Former Gov. Rick Perry announces his intentions to run for president in 2016 on June 4, 2015, at the Addison Airport.

After Debate, Perry Calls for Unity Among Conservatives

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ATLANTA — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on fellow conservative presidential candidates to unite against President Barack Obama in the aftermath of a GOP debate that saw the Republican hopefuls more at odds with each other than with their Democratic rivals. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry at the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 6, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry at the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 6, 2015.

In First Debate, Perry Redoubles Assaults on Trump

Former Gov. Rick Perry, hungry for redemption but relegated to an undercard event, used his first appearance on the Republican debate stage to play up his differences with GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — while driving home bullet points on his gubernatorial tenure. 

 

Cruz and Perry: 5 Things to Watch for in the First Debates

After months of fine-tuning their pitches, the two White House hopefuls from Texas will have their highest-profile opportunities Thursday to show why they deserve the presidency. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry are set to participate in separate debates — the first Republican ones of the 2016 cycle — in Cleveland.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Analysis: Blame, Reputation and the Long Road Back

The political blaming started quickly after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's indictments on Monday, and the elections will see some argument over who's shooting at the AG. But it will take more than politics to save his reputation.