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 ...

Thompson: Friend of the Underdog — and the Powerful

Rep. Senfronia Thompson’s almost 40-year House tenure is defined by her impassioned and effective defense of the underserved. But her legislative career is peppered with occasional paradoxes, from the campaign contributions she's received from strip club operators to the industry-friendly bills she has carried for energy giants.

The Final Frontier for Space City?

Houston’s official nickname since 1967: Space City. It’s NBA team: the Rockets. Its MLB franchise is the Astros, and they played in the Astrodome. No wonder the city that for decades has considered itself an aerospace leader is in a funk as space shuttle Atlantis makes its final landing today.

Ron Paul: The TT Interview

The U.S. representative and the only Texan currently in the race for the Republican nomination for president on why he decided not to run again for his congressional seat, candidates who have adopted some of his ideas and a potential candidate he's never met.

Gov. Rick Perry stops for an impromptu press conference in the hallway behind the Senate chamber on July 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry stops for an impromptu press conference in the hallway behind the Senate chamber on July 19, 2011.

Draft Perry Group Adds Volunteers in Early States

Americans for Rick Perry, an independent group promoting would-be presidential contender Rick Perry, has suffered a setback in Iowa, but it’s picking up new volunteers in South Carolina — both critical states on the road to the White House. 

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 89

In this week's TribCast, Evan, Ross, Reeve and Ben discuss David Dewhurst's campaign rollout, political fallout from the legislative session and who might be calling Rick Perry to run for president.

Rais Bhuiyan, the sole survivor of a 2001 shooting, speaks out at a press conference in Austin on July 14, 2011 about his lawsuit against Gov. Perry for not upholding his victim's rights .
Rais Bhuiyan, the sole survivor of a 2001 shooting, speaks out at a press conference in Austin on July 14, 2011 about his lawsuit against Gov. Perry for not upholding his victim's rights .

Updated: Court Declines Stay for 9-11 Revenge Killer

U.S. Distict Judge Lee Yeakel today denied Rais Bhuiyan’s request to the stay the execution of Mark Stroman, the man who shot him and killed two others and is scheduled to die tonight for his crimes.

Video: Perry's Decisions

Gov. Perry says there are many factors influencing his decision on whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination.  Perry told a group of reporters Tuesday he is concerned for the future of this country and fears its values are being left by the wayside.

Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.

Perry Says He Has No Interest in VP Slot

John Nance Garner, the colorful West Texas politician known as “Cactus Jack,” used to say the office of vice president “wasn’t worth a warm bucket of piss.” Gov. Rick Perry, without using any four-letter words, said as much on Tuesday.

Video Analysis: Perry's Attack Ad (Part 3 of 4)

Part 3 of 4 of The Trib's analysis of Perry’s campaign ads below. This segment features documentary filmmaker Paul Stekler's analysis of Rick Perry's attack ad against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison during the 2010 GOP primary, a race that matched Perry's campaign prowess against the state’s Republican establishment by tapping into the growing frustration against the federal government’s bailouts of the financial and auto industries in 2008. 


Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry walks in front of a projection screen at BioWare Corp. EA Games after making an economic development announcement on July 18, 2011.

Perry, in Austin, Previews National Campaign Message

Gov. Rick Perry made three stops around Austin on Monday. And as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, the governor didn't look like someone who hasn't decided whether he's running for president.

Video: Perry Defends Travel Expenses

As he crosses the nation in what could turn out to be a presidential bid, the governor’s airfare, hotel bills and security costs are paid for with a mix of campaign dollars and private and public money. State law allows him to keep much of it confidential. At a Tuesday press conference, the governor said regardless of whether he decides to run for the GOP presidential nomination, he will continue traveling to promote the state of Texas. 

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 7, with Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton and Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound on July 18th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 7, with Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton and Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound on July 18th, 2011

Rick Perry Says State Should Pay For His Security

Gov. Rick Perry, in his first question-and-answer session with reporters in weeks, said Texas taxpayers should pick up the expense of his security even if costs shoot up dramatically while he travels around the nation running for president. Perry also downplayed remarks about being "called" to run for national office.

On the Records: TX Fundraisers Hard at Work for Obama

President Barack Obama's reelection efforts are well underway. According to a list released Friday of more than 240 volunteer fundraisers, the Obama campaign has raised at least $2 million from 14 Texas "bundlers" — people who fundraise on behalf of a candidate. During the 2008 election, Obama raised at least $3.3 million dollars from Texas volunteer fundraisers. 

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

Who Pays for Rick Perry to Crisscross the Country?

It is unclear exactly how much taxpayers spend on Gov. Rick Perry's extensive travel costs. Private dollars pay for most of Perry's expenses, but taxpayers pick up the tab for his round-the-clock security detail.