Tribpedia: John Sharp

John Sharp is the current chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. Formerly he has served as Texas comptroller and state senator who was running for the U.S. Senate. Sharp, a Democrat, announced in December 2008 that he would run for the seat held by incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison. Hutchison later said she would not resign her seat.

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Analysis: A short history of Perry’s surprisingly long political career

State Rep. Rick Perry is shown on April 13, 1989, on the Texas House floor with state Rep. Pete Laney (right) and Rep. Ron Lewis the floor of the house during the 71st Legislative Session.
State Rep. Rick Perry is shown on April 13, 1989, on the Texas House floor with state Rep. Pete Laney (right) and Rep. Ron Lewis the floor of the house during the 71st Legislative Session.

Rick Perry has become the unsinkable Molly Brown of Texas politics — seemingly at the end of his career time after time, and now on his way to the biggest government job of his career.

Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.
Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.

How a South Texas School District Spurred a Massive Turnaround

After five years of landing on the state’s list of low-performing schools, a tiny South Texas district that drew national headlines for cutting its sports program to ward off closure is now meeting state academic standards.

 

Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault commanded the first American Volunteer Group the "Flying Tigers" during World War II, where they fought against Japanese invaders in China.
Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault commanded the first American Volunteer Group the "Flying Tigers" during World War II, where they fought against Japanese invaders in China.

First Texas Historical Marker in Mandarin Chinese Honors Veteran

Fifty-seven years after his death, Lt. General Claire Lee Chennault, who oversaw the "Flying Tigers," will be honored at his Commerce birthplace with Texas' first state historical marker in Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Brett Giroir, director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, speaks during the panel's first public hearing on Oct. 23. At left is Dr. Kyle Janek and at right is Dr. David Lakey.
Dr. Brett Giroir, director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, speaks during the panel's first public hearing on Oct. 23. At left is Dr. Kyle Janek and at right is Dr. David Lakey.

A&M Health Science Center CEO "Heartbroken" Over Exit

Brett Giroir, the prominent leader of the Texas A&M Health Science Center who chaired a state task force on Ebola last year, said Monday that he was told by A&M officials to resign or face termination.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

In McRaven or Fisher, a New Kind of Chancellor

The two candidates to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa — Admiral William McRaven and Dallas Fed Chief Richard Fisher — are neither a product of state politics nor of academia.

 

From left: Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Brett Giroir, CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center, discussed the newly created Texas A&M Institute for Public Health Improvement and the launch of its Healthy Texas Initiative on June 17, 2014.
From left: Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Brett Giroir, CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center, discussed the newly created Texas A&M Institute for Public Health Improvement and the launch of its Healthy Texas Initiative on June 17, 2014.

A&M's New Health Program to Initially Focus on South Texas

Touting a new program as the first in Texas to be directed at reducing preventable diseases, Texas A&M University officials on Tuesday announced their Healthy Texas Initiative, which will first launch with a focus on South Texas.

 

GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.

For Comptroller Hopefuls, Revival of Clinton-Era Reviews is on the Table

More than 20 years after then-Texas Comptroller John Sharp launched a popular program to cut government waste, the candidates to be the next comptroller are talking about reviving it.

Greg Abbott, then a candidate for governor and now the governor-elect, spoke at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12, 2013. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was also running for governor, spoke to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.
Greg Abbott, then a candidate for governor and now the governor-elect, spoke at a NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford on Nov. 12, 2013. State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was also running for governor, spoke to veterans at Luby's in Forest Hill the day before.

The Brief: Feb. 4, 2014

Greg Abbott has reversed the campaign fundraising storyline of a month ago, raising more than three times the cash as the combined efforts of Wendy Davis and Battleground Texas.

Transmission lines near Sweetwater that will connect windy regions of the state to major population centers.
Transmission lines near Sweetwater that will connect windy regions of the state to major population centers.

The Brief: Jan. 9, 2014

The Public Utility Commission's proposed changes to the electric market gained a powerful detractor in recent days: the Texas Oil and Gas Association, the state's oldest and largest petroleum organization.

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 6, 2014

Your evening reading: Democrats continue criticism of proposed state regulations of health navigators; critics of new abortion law face tough questions at 5th Circuit; judge says Texas Supreme Court justice can stay on ballot

State Rep. Rick Perry with Railroad Commissioner John Sharp (D) on the floor of the House during the 70th Legislative session, May 20, 1987.
State Rep. Rick Perry with Railroad Commissioner John Sharp (D) on the floor of the House during the 70th Legislative session, May 20, 1987.

The Brief: Dec. 16, 2013

The week starts with questions over whether the Texas A&M regents' decision on Saturday to tap the chancellor's favorite for interim president over the governor's favored candidate will lead to more controversy in College Station.

University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas
University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas

The Evening Brief: Dec. 12, 2013

Your evening reading: UT-Austin president can keep his job; Combs reports a bigger than expected budget surplus; a rift at A&M on interim president selection

R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

A&M President: Desire to Teach Fueled Decision to Step Down

Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin said he felt that he brought something to A&M that had been somewhat lacking: "a real focus on students." He said that his decision to leave his post was driven by a desire to return to teaching.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.

TribLive: A Conversation with Cigarroa and Sharp

Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas System, and John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, join Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune, in a conversation about higher education and the future of Texas' largest two university systems. 

 

This event was recorded before a live audience in Austin on March 28, 2013. TribLives feature moderated discussion with our honored guests followed by questions from the audience. For more information on Tribune events, please visit http://www.texastribune.org/events/.