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: Deft Leader or Teflon Governor?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry blows a kiss to his Secretary of State Hope Andrade (not shown) during his speech to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry blows a kiss to his Secretary of State Hope Andrade (not shown) during his speech to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Conservatives — even some who aren't happy with the session's outcomes — generally praise Gov. Rick Perry. He's got a knack for keeping the factions in the party happy, or at least subdued in their criticism. Attribute it to a Teflon coating, to his decisive win in a divided primary last year, or to luck, but Perry is coming out of the legislative session without many bruises.

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.

The End Game: Special Session Wraps Up Today

The House couldn't get the votes it needed to suspend the rules to take up the TSA anti-groping bill before the clock runs out today. That means lawmakers are poised to adjourn without tackling two of Gov. Rick Perry's priorities, the TSA bill and sanctuary cities. 

House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Rick Perry No Stranger to Controversial Views

Gov. Rick Perry is the first to admit that his views on a host of hot-button political issues — from letting states legalize marijuana and gay marriage to describing Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” — could cause him heartburn in a race for the White House. Now that he’s actively considering it, his opponents are sure to pore over Perry's 26-year career in elected office for fodder.

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 27, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Sanctuary cities bill isn't dead; UT System and former adviser Rick O'Donnell reach settlement; House passes health reform bill; George Will says Rick Perry is a "potentially potent candidate"; debating how much credit Perry deserves for jobs creation; TSA removes 95-year-old woman's diaper

The Texas House adjourned until Friday morning after meeting for about a half-hour on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.
The Texas House adjourned until Friday morning after meeting for about a half-hour on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

The Brief: Top Texas News for June 27, 2011

Will they or won't they? That's the question lawmakers, who seem to have met for a matter of minutes in the waning days of the special legislative session, face today on a series of controversial measures Gov. Rick Perry added to the call, from the TSA anti-groping bill to "sanctuary cities."

Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Weaver has a Candidate, but It's Not Rick Perry

John Weaver, a Texan and one of a class of political consultants who rose through Texas politics to national campaigns, is working for an anti-Washington presidential candidate who is touting his success as a governor in cutting state spending, reforming taxes and making his state a magnet for business. But it’s not Rick Perry, a fellow Aggie. It’s Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 regarding property tax evaluations of aircraft at the Boeing facility in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Video: Perry Prez Buzz Shifts to Bachmann, Romney

Once again, Gov. Rick Perry's name made the rounds on the Sunday news programs. But this week, his star was largely overshadowed by fellow GOP contenders who've declared their candidacy. Check out the Trib's latest compilation of clips mentioning Perry from Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week and CNN's State of the Union

Perry's Vetoes Started with Higher Education

Texas Weekly

Gov. Rick Perry isn’t backing down from his push for a “no-frills” approach to higher education. He wants students to move and be moved through the system quickly and efficiently. And if that wasn’t clear enough already, he underscored it with his veto pen.

Natalie Butler (upper left) is the student body president at University of Texas at Austin and a member of the executive committee of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. Christopher Covo (lower left) is the director of America's Next Impact, a project of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.
Natalie Butler (upper left) is the student body president at University of Texas at Austin and a member of the executive committee of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. Christopher Covo (lower left) is the director of America's Next Impact, a project of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Groups Positioning For Prolonged Higher Ed Debate

With multiple third-party organizations across the state cropping up, along with a new Legislature-created oversight committee, expect a protracted public discussion about how to best address the state's high ed problems such as rising tuition and ballooning student debt.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of June 20, 2011

An Everybody-in-the-Pool effort on what's left to do in the special session, Ramshaw on a doozy of a congressional race shaping up, Aguilar on the debate over sanctuary cities and other immigration proposals, M. Smith on the state's used-up Rainy Day Fund, Grissom on efforts to kick the special interests out of an insurance fight, Dehn and Tan on whether the special session helps or hurts the governor's national ambitions, Galbraith and KUT Radio team up for a series on the long-term outlook for Central Texas water, Aaronson on government attempts to balance openness and privacy with data releases, yours truly on Amazon's run at a sales tax break, and Hamilton on an ethnic gap in higher education: The best of our best from June 20 to 24, 2011.

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO  National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 24, 2011

House Speaker Joe Straus knocks down the TSA "anti-groping" bill. Are voters ready for another Texan in the White House? News of the "tepid" response to Perry's NALEO speech spreads inside the Beltway. 

House Speaker Joe Straus talks to members prior to a debate on HB15 the sonogram bill on March 2, 2011
House Speaker Joe Straus talks to members prior to a debate on HB15 the sonogram bill on March 2, 2011

Updated: Straus Calls TSA Bill "Publicity Stunt"

The House appears set on passing a non-binding TSA anti-groping resolution, instead of Rep. David Simpson's bill. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says a Senate committee will hear the upper chamber's version of the bill on Monday.

Governor Rick Perry speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) convention in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Governor Rick Perry speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) convention in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Latino Leaders Give Perry Lukewarm Response

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made no mention of the federal government’s overreach or the violence he says is spilling across the state’s border during a brief and tense public appearance today before hundreds of Latino elected officials. And he certainly didn't mention whether he's running for president. Instead, Perry, who spoke during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual conference, touted job growth and his appointment of Hispanic statewide officials to a crowd that received him with, at best, a lukewarm response.

 

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

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

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.