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 ...

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.

It's Now Open Season on Perry's Donors

Other presidential campaigns have begun reaching out to financial and political loyalists to Rick Perry after the former governor suspended his 2016 campaign on Friday. The developments are a striking testament to how far Texas’ longest-serving governor fell from his perch as the most powerful and feared figure in Texas politics.

Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.

Analysis: A New, Dimmer Era For Rick Perry

Any longtime Perry watcher worth his salt knows the handsome fly boy from Paint Creek, Texas will do everything in his power to stay relevant in state and national politics even after a second embarrassing withdrawal from presidential politics. The problem is he doesn’t have much power left.

Former Gov. Rick Perry during Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26th, 2015
Former Gov. Rick Perry during Texas Legislative Medal of Honor award ceremony on Aug. 26th, 2015

Rick Perry Suspends Presidential Campaign

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday suspended his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, facing dwindling resources, bare bones staff and a staggeringly low position in the polls. "I give you this news with no regrets," he said in a Missouri speech.   

 

 

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.

CNN Drops Perry From Second Debate

For the second time in a row, former Gov. Rick Perry has failed to make the prime time lineup in a GOP presidential debate, though Carly Fiorina will move to the big show, CNN announced Thursday.

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.