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:

Texas Inaugurama

Gov. Rick Perry swears into office in 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry swears into office in 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry was sworn in Tuesday for an unprecedented third full term, predicting that historians will look back on this time as the "Texas century." 

Spark Energy's banner that flew low above the Texas inauguration on Jan. 18, 2011.
Spark Energy's banner that flew low above the Texas inauguration on Jan. 18, 2011.

TribBlog: Sparking an Apology

They're sorry, folks. Spark Energy says it's sincerely sorry for causing such a literal roar at this morning's inauguration ceremony.

Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.
Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.

TribBlog: Perry's Third Inauguration Liveblog

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to be sworn in for an unprecedented third term, and a good-sized crowd has turned out for the festivities (and free barbecue). Stay with us for updates from the speech and swearing-in at the Capitol.

Back to Basics

As be begins his second decade as governor, Rick Perry's plan is to deal with the basics: to make sure the state is on a smooth economic path, to pass a balanced state budget, to coax the federal government into loosening its purse strings and tightening its security on the Mexican border.

Texplainer: What's an Emergency Item?

Ever hear something about Texas politics or policy and wonder what it is? Or read something that made you think, "I have no idea what that means"? We're here to help. From questions about why Rick Perry is within his legal right to shoot a coyote while jogging to what the heck "chubbing" is, Texplainer will answer your burning questions. Today: "What's a Legislative emergency item?" 

The Reformer

As a gift to Trib readers this holiday week, we're pleased to reprint Calvin Trillin's New Yorker profile of 1972 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frances "Sissy" Farenthold — one of a dozen and a half articles and poems that will be published early next year in Trillin on Texas, a new anthology from the University of Texas Press. A staff writer at the magazine since 1963, Trillin has long seen the state as a rich source of material; elsewhere in the anthology are meditations on subjects ranging from Texas barebecue to the fictional film critic Joe Bob Briggs. He also considers Texas to be a part of his ancestral narrative, as several members of his family arrived in the United States by way of Galveston. "Yes, I do have a Texas connection," he writes in the introduction to the anthology, "but, as we'd say in the Midwest, where I grew up, not so's you'd know it."

Results of the September 2010 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in the general election for governor.
Results of the September 2010 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in the general election for governor.

The Polling Center: Another View of Those Undecideds

Six points separate Rick Perry and Bill White, but that's not all there is to it: The pattern of partisan preferences evident in the latest polling suggests that the Republican Party still holds a substantial baseline advantage over the Democrats in Texas.

Larger bubbles represent more companies from those countries doing business in Texas.
Larger bubbles represent more companies from those countries doing business in Texas.

On the Records: Mapping Foreign Investment

Texas.gov, the state's clearinghouse for services like driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations, has launched a new page featuring numerous raw government data sets — including a list of foreign companies doing business here.

And They're Off!

The start of the 2010 election sprint finds Texas Republicans feverish: Even the sober ones think they could snatch up to 10 more state House seats. Democrats maintain they can still wrest majority control away from the GOP.

Bill White at the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Austin, Texas on August 12, 2010.
Bill White at the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Austin, Texas on August 12, 2010.

2010: The Return of Term Limits

Taking a page out of the Kay Bailey Hutchison handbook, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White called for gubernatorial term limits today.

A Big Dam Issue

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has people thinking about whether the state and coastal cities are prepared for another big storm — especially with peak storm season again upon us. As Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies reports, there’s concern in particular over the sturdiness of dams.
Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.
Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.

Perry: "I'm Not an Unknown"

The governor depicted by Democrats as a coward in statewide newspaper ads last week doesn't seem nervous. In fact, as he traveled from Killeen to Temple and on to Texarkana last week accompanied by a reporter from The Texas Tribune, Republican Rick Perry looked comfortable, though he says he's taking his Democratic challenger, Bill White, seriously.

How much does it cost to be a regent?
How much does it cost to be a regent?

Data App: Regents Who Give

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Over the past decade, the men and women chosen by Rick Perry to serve as regents of the state's universities have given his campaigns a total of at least $5.8 million, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.

Calendar Club

When Bill White criticized Rick Perry in June for "working part time" after his schedule for the first six months of 2010 showed an average of seven hours of state business per week, Perry responded that he doesn’t write down much of his work for the state. By contrast, Perry's counterparts in California, New York and Florida do write down what they do, and they make their schedules readily available to the public.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White discusses ethics during a recent news conference from the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters.

Face the Donation

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White is again attacking his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, for accepting contributions from political appointees — but the former Houston mayor is no stranger to the practice, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of campaign and city records. White has raised nearly $2 million over his years in public life from the people he appointeed to boards and commissions.

Former Texas governors (from left): Preston Smith, Mark White, Dolph Briscoe, and Bill Clements.
Former Texas governors (from left): Preston Smith, Mark White, Dolph Briscoe, and Bill Clements.

Mark White on Dolph Briscoe

Former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr., who died Sunday at age 87, was a genuine, intelligent and thoughful man whose hands-off style and moderate politics were right for the Texas of his time. So says another former governor, Mark White, who talked on Monday to Jennifer Stayton of KUT News.
Gubernatorial candidate Mayor Bill White works the rope line of supporters after his keynote speech at the Texas Democratic Convention Friday night in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Gubernatorial candidate Mayor Bill White works the rope line of supporters after his keynote speech at the Texas Democratic Convention Friday night in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Enthusiasm, Yes. But Can the Democrats Win?

The Texas Democrats wrapped up their convention in Corpus Christi on Saturday, and the party's grass roots activists headed home newly energized to elect their candidates — including Bill White as governor. But as Ben Philpott of KUT and the Tribune reports, excitement may only be able to carry them so far.

October 19, 2008. Gov. Rick Perry before the IBM Uptown Classic road race in Austin, TX.
October 19, 2008. Gov. Rick Perry before the IBM Uptown Classic road race in Austin, TX.

TribBlog: Perry Takes a Knee [Updated]

Gov. Rick Perry's having knee surgery on Friday. In an e-mail sent out this afternoon, Dana Parish, deputy finance director for Texans for Rick Perry, notified supporters that a campaign event had been rescheduled because of the impending surgery.