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 ...

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

Perry's Likely 2016 Bid Draws Veterans, Newcomers

Former Gov. Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign-in-waiting features both operatives who've worked with him in the past and those who are new to his political orbit. He is relying on them for a campaign he has promised would be vastly different from his ill-fated 2012 bid.

September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.
September 17, 2010 - Activist Jamie Bush attends the Texas Forensic Science Commission board meeting on September 17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

Prosecutor Accused of Misconduct in Execution Case

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In a major turn in one of the country’s most-noted death penalty cases, the State Bar of Texas has filed a formal accusation of misconduct against the county prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham, a Texas man executed in 2004 for the arson murder of his three young daughters.

 

Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.

Perry and Cruz Deploy Differing Styles in New Hampshire

Both Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are showing New Hampshire voters that they are willing to brave icy weather to travel across the state and get their messages to voters. But the two likely Republican presidential candidates are taking different paths.

Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015
Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015

The Brief: Guns Again Take Center Stage in Legislative Session

Legislative activity begins to ramp up in the two chambers this week with speculation rampant that the Senate might take up as early as today legislation that would allow permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.

At SXSW, Paul Courts Nontraditional GOP Voters

While other presidential aspirants were in conventional venues like New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in Austin to open a new campaign outpost and to try his luck with a voting bloc that often ignores his party.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics" on March 15, 2015.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics" on March 15, 2015.

Inside Texas Politics: Setting the Stage

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and the Tribune's Ross Ramsey, the show is given over to setting the stage for the remainder of the session as the state Legislature moves into a higher gear. 

Gov. Rick Perry talks with New Hampshire voters at a GOP rally in Stratham, N.H., on Aug. 25, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry talks with New Hampshire voters at a GOP rally in Stratham, N.H., on Aug. 25, 2014.

In New Hampshire, Perry Cautions Against Rushing to War

Kicking off a two-day blitz in New Hampshire, former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday morning offered a key caveat to his increasing outspokenness on foreign policy, cautioning that the United States' first response to global conflict should not be war. 

 

Rick Perry campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Rick Perry campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.

Perry is Gone, but Travel Costs Still Being Tallied

As the state continues to tally all the tax dollars spent on former Gov. Rick Perry's security while he was trotting the globe and running for president, a lawmaker wants future elected officials to reimburse Texas for any out-of-state trips that don't involve official business. Our report includes a closer look at five of Perry's most expensive international trips.