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 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.

On the Road, Perry Hones Appeal to the Religious

Former Gov. Rick Perry, courting faith-based voters in South Carolina, emphasized "second chances" Tuesday as he spoke at a Christian college. His trip to the Palmetto State gave him an opportunity to share the story of his spiritual upbringing against the backdrop of his humble beginnings in small-town West Texas.

Dreamer Jesus Trevino, waits his turn to testify  during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015
Dreamer Jesus Trevino, waits his turn to testify during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015

The Brief: Dream Act Supporters Talk Past Midnight

A Senate subcommittee hearing legislation that would repeal the state's 2001 law offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented Texas high school graduates lasted well past the midnight hour as dozens of witnesses testified against the bill.

Dreamer Cristina Lizeth Urdiales was born in Monterrey, Mexico and brought to the US at the age of 5, listens during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015
Dreamer Cristina Lizeth Urdiales was born in Monterrey, Mexico and brought to the US at the age of 5, listens during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015

GOP Takes First Step to End In-State Tuition for Undocumented

After a marathon hearing that stretched well into Tuesday morning, a Senate subcommittee approved Sen. Donna Campbell's bill to repeal Texas law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities. 

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.

At Citadel, Perry Fuses Foreign Policy With Biography

Former Gov. Rick Perry visited South Carolina's military college on Monday in a bid to show that his personal background undergirds his foreign policy. The likely 2016 presidential candidate vowed to "invalidate" whatever nuclear deal President Obama ultimately strikes with Iran.

Prosecutor Michael McCrum gathers his thoughts as testimony continues in Travis County District Court on the Gov. Rick Perry case on Nov. 6, 2014.
Prosecutor Michael McCrum gathers his thoughts as testimony continues in Travis County District Court on the Gov. Rick Perry case on Nov. 6, 2014.

Perry Prosecutors Fight to Keep Invoices Secret

A public records request has added another twist to the Rick Perry legal saga, with special prosecutors now suing Attorney General Ken Paxton to keep confidential detailed invoices that would show who they interviewed while building their case.

 

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry campaigns at a Pizza Ranch in Indianola, Iowa.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry campaigns at a Pizza Ranch in Indianola, Iowa.

Rick Perry is Keeping His Texas Donor Network Alive

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The Opportunity and Freedom PAC, a group set up by Rick Perry's advisers to support his candidacy but work independently from his official campaign, raised more than $1 million this week in Texas, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the fundraising activity.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Cruz Gets Double Digits in Washington Post/ABC Poll

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In the contest for the Republican nomination, Jeb Bush tops the field with 20 percent of voters who lean Republican, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 13 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is down around 2 percent, the poll found. 

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.