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 ...

Who's Who in Rick Perry's Inner Circle

Gov. Rick Perry leaving a pro-Israel rally followed by adviser Jeff Miller on July 30, 2014, at Dallas City Hall.
Gov. Rick Perry leaving a pro-Israel rally followed by adviser Jeff Miller on July 30, 2014, at Dallas City Hall.

As he launches another bid for the White House, Rick Perry is expected to rely on a mix of old and new faces. Here's a rundown of who's who in his inner circle — the policy wonks, political strategists, press wranglers and early-state operatives who hope to give the former Texas governor a second chance to make a first impression.

Former Gov. Rick Perry poses with cadets after delivering a foreign policy speech at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, earlier this year.
Former Gov. Rick Perry poses with cadets after delivering a foreign policy speech at The Citadel, South Carolina's military college, earlier this year.

The Brief: Perry Set to Return to Presidential Politics

Later this morning in Addison, Rick Perry is expected to announce that he plans to run again for the White House, testing whether GOP voters across the country believe in extending him a second act in presidential politics.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters after he is booked into the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Austin following his indictment on two felony counts related to defunding District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's Public Integrity Unit.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters after he is booked into the Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center in Austin following his indictment on two felony counts related to defunding District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's Public Integrity Unit.

Indictment Cuts Both Ways as Perry Launches Bid

Former Gov. Rick Perry will formally step into the presidential race still under indictment for two felonies. The case, which once made Perry a cause célèbre in some circles, has become more of a headache as he seeks money and votes in a crowded GOP field.

Former Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands at a Cedar Rapids event kicking off a five-day swing through Iowa in May.
Former Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands at a Cedar Rapids event kicking off a five-day swing through Iowa in May.

After Leaving Office, Perry Finds Ways to Make Money

Fresh off the state government payroll, former Gov. Rick Perry quickly turned to two tried-and-true ways of cashing in on a long career in public service: taking a seat on a corporate board and hiring out for speeches. It was his first chance in decades to make some serious money as a private citizen. 

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

In Iowa, Voters Size Up Perry's Shot at Redemption

Iowans got one last chance this week to size up former Gov. Rick Perry's shot at redemption before an anticipated June 4 presidential announcement. In nearly a dozen events across the state, Perry gave them plenty of reasons not to count him out — despite early polling that positions him as the underdog in the race.

Adam Sharp confronts State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Adam Sharp confronts State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

American Phoenix Donor: I Thought We Were for Transparency

Four large donors to the American Phoenix Foundation, which has been secretly recording Texas lawmakers, are well-known backers of conservative causes. One of the donors said his past contributions didn't have anything to do with the group's recent videotaping project, but he didn't rule out donating to the group in the future.

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.
Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.

Cascos Wants to Move Past Voter ID, Partisan Politics

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos hopes his tenure represents a shifting tide in the office — away from partisan gridlock over voting, and toward bolstering Texas' relations with Mexico and improving life along the state's southern border. 

 

 

 

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.
Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.

Citing Garland Shooting, Perry Touts Surveillance

Wrapping up a swing through Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry cited the Garland shooting to defend federal surveillance programs, and told a national security forum that enhanced interrogation is okay, though rectal feeding may be over the line.

Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.
Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.

In Iowa, Perry Seeks Footing on Trade Deal

Former Gov. Rick Perry is making it clear he supports free trade in theory, but isn't wild about having the Obama administration negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.
Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.

Perry Says He Would Not Have Ordered Invasion of Iraq

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Monday said he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he knows now. It's a question that has animated the GOP's 2016 presidential field in recent days. Perry also suggested that President Obama should have listened more to those warning him the region would erupt in instability if U.S. forces pulled of Iraq out too fast.