Tribpedia: Governor's Office

The Texas Governor's Office includes several divisions and offices in charge of implementing the governor's policy visions for the state. As of July 2009, 278 employees worked for the office of the governor.

The offices of the governor include:

For Rick Perry, No Binders Necessary

Gov. Rick Perry meets with senior staff members at his office in the state Capitol on Jan. 9, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry meets with senior staff members at his office in the state Capitol on Jan. 9, 2013.

Gov. Rick Perry’s opponents say his tenure hasn't been kind to Texas women — but they can't argue about his hiring practices. Among Perry’s most senior staff, two-thirds are women, a sharp contrast with President Obama, who has faced recent controversy over his inner circle being dominated by men. 

Surrounding Gov. Rick Perry are (clockwise, from bottom left) Jeffrey Boyd, Mike Toomey, David Medina, Deirdre Delisi, Mike McKinney, Phil Wilson, Jay Kimbrough and John Steen.
Surrounding Gov. Rick Perry are (clockwise, from bottom left) Jeffrey Boyd, Mike Toomey, David Medina, Deirdre Delisi, Mike McKinney, Phil Wilson, Jay Kimbrough and John Steen.

Perry Helps Key Advisers Take a Big Next Step

“Career coach” is not listed on Gov. Rick Perry’s résumé — but it might as well be. In the 12 years he has held Texas’ highest elected office, he has helped align the professional stars for many of his key advisers.

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Perry Shuffles the Deck

As he enters the last regular session of this term as governor, Rick Perry opts for a trusted supporter in a top political job and a respected agency manager to run his own office.

John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist and professor at Texas A&M University, spoke recently at a climate conference in Austin.
John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist and professor at Texas A&M University, spoke recently at a climate conference in Austin.

State Climatologist Has Eye on the Sky for Texas

John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist since 2000, has seen his duties explode in the last 18 months amid public clamor for information on the drought. 

Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.

The Morning After: Perry Returns from the Trail

When the Legislature decamped from Austin in July, there was a sense of order in Texas politics. And yet, as Rick Perry returns a mere seven months later, conditions on the ground in Texas border on the chaotic.

The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.
The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.

Dispute Continues Between Texas, Feds on Fire Assistance

Did the federal government drag its feet in providing disaster relief to the victims of the devastating Bastrop County fires? It depends on whom you ask. It's the latest chapter in a dispute between Texas and the feds that began in April.