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 ...

Guest Column: My Texas Legislature in a Box

Call it the Justin Timberlake Treatment: For several reasons — the governor's strengthened executive powers and his alliance with a network of political organizations, the Republicans' ability to demonize President Obama and the federal government, the power of the Tea Party movement and the sclerotic response of Texas Democrats — the Legislature finds itself boxed in as it searches for a way out of the budget divide.

Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.

Wildfire Politics Grip State as Disasters Hit Elsewhere

Gov. Rick Perry has unsuccessfully tried to get a meeting with President Barack Obama, who will be visiting Texas today, to discuss the federal government's denial of a wildfire disaster declaration in Texas. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune looks at how this year's natural disasters in Texas stack up against others in the country.

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, asks the Senate to adopt the conference committee report on voter ID legislation on May 9, 2011.
Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, asks the Senate to adopt the conference committee report on voter ID legislation on May 9, 2011.

Senate Adopts Voter ID Report

The state Senate today approved a conference committee report on the voter identification bill that includes changes that would allow citizens to use a new form of documentation to cast their ballots.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.

Is David Dewhurst Goofy — or Goofy Like a Fox?

It’s funny that you can win four statewide elections and still have people think you’re a goofball, in over your head. But maybe Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s fumbles leading to the Texas Senate’s budget vote give the lie to that. Maybe he’s goofy like a fox.

Illegal immigrants are brought back into Mexico.
Illegal immigrants are brought back into Mexico.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Hits Texas House Friday

Is it about security or racial profiling? Will U.S. citizens be targets of harassment? Will it stain Texas with the reputation Arizona thrust upon itself? The Texas House will likely entertain those and other sensitive questions when House Bill 12, commonly referred to as the “sanctuary cities” bill, hits the chamber's floor on Friday.

Gov. Rick Perry (c) speaks with reporters outside the Senate Chamber on May 5, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (c) speaks with reporters outside the Senate Chamber on May 5, 2011.

Perry on Senate Budget, Sanctuary Cities and Rainy Days

The governor told a press gaggle today that the Senate budget vote is a "step in right direction," that he hasn't decided whether to appeal FEMA's disaster declaration denial — and that big-city police chiefs who oppose sanctuary city legislation must not have been listening last Election Day.

Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011
Wildfire rages along a mountaintop outside of Alpine early in the morning of April 10, 2011

Cornyn, Perry Blast Feds Over Wildfires; FEMA Responds

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Sen. John Cornyn vowed to "raise Cain" if the federal government's decision not to give Texas extra financial assistance for battling the wildfires hinged on politics, and Gov. Rick Perry has also expressed "dismay." But the feds say that Texas is already getting help.

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, listens to a colleague while discussing SB5 on April 28, 2011.
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, listens to a colleague while discussing SB5 on April 28, 2011.

Zaffirini and Powell Escalate Texas Higher Ed Fight

An increasingly bitter disagreement over the future of the University of Texas at Austin between University of Texas System regents' chairman Gene Powell and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, is ratcheting up the ongoing debate surrounding higher education in Texas.

Local students gather in front of the residence of former US President George W. Bush after hearing news of Osama bin Laden's death
Local students gather in front of the residence of former US President George W. Bush after hearing news of Osama bin Laden's death

Texas Politicians Vary on Credit for Bin Laden Death

When it comes to acknowledging those responsible for bringing down Osama bin Laden — which politicians are understandably eager to do — there is a noticable inconsistency in who Texas' leaders are choosing to mention in their official statements.

President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.
President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.

GOP House Members Join Dems to Applaud Obama

For a rare moment, Republicans in the lower chamber set aside their anti-Washington rhetoric and joined their Democratic colleagues to congratulate President Obama and the U.S. military for the actions on Sunday that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, attempts to get votes to suspend the rules on CSSB1580 a Senate spending bill on April 28, 2011.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, attempts to get votes to suspend the rules on CSSB1580 a Senate spending bill on April 28, 2011.

Why Texas House Won't Agree to Senate Budget

It might not matter, in the end, whether the Senate wants to use some of the Rainy Day Fund to balance the budget. The House isn’t likely to go along unless the proposition is delivered on a tea cart pushed by Gov. Rick Perry and third-party conservative groups who have been hounding lawmakers to hold the line.

William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

UT, A&M Offer New Way to Graduate — From High School

Despite shrinking budgets, administrators at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University say they are actively involved in all aspects of the state’s education problems. But their efforts to engage in and even drive fundamental changes — like a new program that allows college-ready high school students to graduate early — are often overlooked in the state’s ongoing debate about higher education reforms.

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

Where Are Rick Perry's Emergency Items?

With fewer than five weeks left in the regular session, none of Gov. Rick Perry's emergency items — voter ID, sanctuary cities, sonograms for women getting abortions, a federal balanced budget amendment, and eminent domain protection — have made it to his desk. Perry's unfazed, however, and says there is plenty of time.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.

Raymund Paredes: $10,000 Degrees "Entirely Feasible"

At a board meeting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Wednesday, Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said that $10,000 bachelor's degrees — books included — as proposed by Gov. Rick Perry are "entirely feasible."

Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits the Texas House and talks to Rep. Gary Elkins (l), R-Houston and Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, on April 26, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits the Texas House and talks to Rep. Gary Elkins (l), R-Houston and Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, on April 26, 2011.

Perry: "No Faith" In LBB; Leave Rainy Day Fund Alone

Gov. Rick Perry says he is unswayed by estimates that the state's Rainy Day Fund may end up being more flush than previously anticipated and blasted the Legislature's budget office as an unreliable source of numbers.

John Bradley, left, is the new chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Cameron Todd Willingham, right, was executed for setting a house fire that killed his three daughters.
John Bradley, left, is the new chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Cameron Todd Willingham, right, was executed for setting a house fire that killed his three daughters.

Bassett: Politics Stymied Willingham Investigation

The former chairman of a state forensic board applauded the current commissioners' report on the arson investigation used to convict Cameron Todd Willingham, a review that recommended wide-ranging improvements in fire science. But he said he's deeply concerned that politics interfered in their ability to take a stronger stance on the case.

Carol Strayhorn announces for governor, June, 2005.
Carol Strayhorn announces for governor, June, 2005.

A Texas-Sized Budget Problem Deferred — to Now

The 2006 tax swap — lowering local school property taxes and creating a new state business tax to make up the difference — is at the center of the state’s current budget troubles. It was never an even swap, and the architects are still pointing fingers over what and whom to blame for the “structural deficit” in state finances.