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 ...

Texplainer: What About Bills Perry Won't Sign or Veto?

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011

Hey Texplainer: What happens to the bills that Perry doesn't sign or veto? Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed and signed a multitude of bills this year, but to date there have been 27 he allowed to become law by default. By not signing a bill and allowing it to pass into law, a governor can walk the delicate line between defying the Lege and actually supporting the content of the bill in question.

SEN. John Carona listens to debate on TWIA bill.
SEN. John Carona listens to debate on TWIA bill.

Updated: Senate Approves TWIA Bill, Awaits Fight

Like ringing the bell at the boxing ring, the Senate today approved a bill that is all but certain to restart a brawl with the House over how to reform the state's windstorm insurer of last resort. "I intend to fight for this tougher than I’ve ever fought for anything," said state Sen. John Carona.

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.

Updated: Perry Adds TSA Anti-Groping Bill to Call

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Gov. Rick Perry has added Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anti-groping legislation to the agenda for the special session. The announcement came after state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview — a Tea Party favorite — sent a letter to Perry on Sunday requesting HB 41 be added to the call.

Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011

Video: Sunday Pundits See Perry Gaining Momentum

For our latest weekend round-up, we've compiled clips from three of the Sunday news shows — NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, PBS' Washington Week, and Fox News Sunday — whose commentators think Gov. Rick Perry's presidential prospects are gaining momentum nationwide. They took note of Perry's rock star performance on Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on June 18, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on June 18, 2011

Video: Perry's Speech in New Orleans

Gov. Rick Perry fired up the party faithful at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Saturday. Watch C-SPAN's video of his speech, which clearly shows he's nodding to a national audience. "I gotta brag on Texas values for a bit," Perry said, before citing the state's job growth numbers. Perry received a standing ovation and exited the room as a frenzied crowd begged him to run for president. 

Rick Perry Fires Up GOP Voters in New Orleans

Gov. Rick Perry, who has acknowledged thinking about running for president in 2012, fired up Republican voters Saturday in New Orleans, where conservative activists were anxious to hear a game plan for beating Barack Obama. “That mix of of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama Administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country,” he said.

Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.
Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.

Aide: Perry Still "Weeks Away" From Big Decision

Rick Perry’s top strategist told the Tribune Saturday that the Texas governor is still “at least weeks” away from making a decision about whether to run for president, a daunting financial and logistical undertaking even without the time pressures of a late entry. Consultant Dave Carney, who has worked for Perry for more than a decade, said he is helping the governor make an informed decision.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/13/11

Aaronson and Murphy visualize what happened to the nearly 5,800 bills introduced in the 82nd Lege Session, Aaronson, Hasson and Swicegood interactively recap the budget battle, Aguliar on the surge in illegal re-entry cases prosecuted by the Obama administration, Galbraith on a coal plant that wants a water deal from the LCRA, Grissom interviews a man wrongly imprisoned and nearly executed — twice, Hamilton on a controversial UT regent who wants a do-over in the debate over higher ed reform, Ramshaw on the continuing fight over pre-abortion sonograms, Root on Rick Perry's newsmaking trip to NYC and M. Smith on whether cash-strapped school districts will raise taxes: The best of our best content from June 13 to 17, 2011.

Perry, Bachmann Buttons Big Sellers in New Orleans

It’s about as unscientific as you can get, but the Rick Perry 2012 button is a hot item at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where several major presidential contenders are trying to win the who-is-most-conservative contest. Perry, who is still just “thinking” about a run for the White House, doesn’t get here until Saturday. He’s got a book signing event scheduled in the morning and will speak to the gathering in the afternoon.

2011 Veto Watch: Perry Kills 24 Bills In One Day

The 82nd Legislature has ended its regular session, and that means it's time time to keep an eye out for the bills Gov. Rick Perry dislikes enough to veto. As the governor pulls out the red stamp, we'll keep a running list of those bills that will not become law after all. 

Perry Issues Vetoes, Nixes Texting-and-Driving Ban

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Gov. Rick Perry gave his seal of disapproval to 24 bills today, two days before the veto deadline for all legislation passed during the regular session. Measures that didn't meet Perry's approval include a ban on texting while driving and bills that would continue the operations of two state agencies.

On the Records: Vetoes — Then and Now

The veto deadline for the 82nd legislative session — June 19 — is quickly approaching, and Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce a slew of vetoes any moment. Explore our latest data visualizations to find out which Texas governors vetoed the most bills during their tenure, and see the total number of vetoes from sessions past.

Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011

Poll: Obama Almost as Popular as Perry in Texas

Likely voters in Texas approve of President Barack Obama almost as much as they approve of Gov. Rick Perry, according to the third and final release of poll results from the Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of civic leaders.

Audio: Perry's Speech at the Manhattan GOP Event

In a trip to New York City on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry replaced Donald Trump to speak at the Manhattan GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner, made appearances on Fox News and met with people identified as “potential donors” at a law firm on Park Avenue. Here's the audio of his Lincoln Day speech at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 84

On this week's episode, Reeve, Julian, Morgan, and Jim discuss Texas Monthly's list of the best and worst legislators, education and immigration in the special session, and Gov. Rick Perry's still-hypothetical presidential bid.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

Democrats Question Perry's Whereabouts, Priorities

House Democrats — stirred up in a day of partisan battles over windstorm insurance and a health care compact — took the opportunity to question the whereabouts of the man who called them back for a special session.