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 prepares to re-enter political arena with confirmation hearing

Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry gives the closing keynote address at the the Texas Public Finance Conference in Austin on Feb. 3, 2016.

More than five years after his infamous "oops" moment, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces another high-pressure moment in the national spotlight: his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Secretary of Energy. While he's sure to draw probing questions and maybe some quips, allies say Perry's critics continue to underestimate him.

Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016
Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016

Rick Perry resigns from board of Dallas company building Dakota Access Pipeline

Following his appointment by President-elect Donald Trump to be the country's next energy secretary, former Gov. Rick Perry has resigned from the board of Dallas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners.

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.

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

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.

Former Gov. Rick Perry returned to "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday for an appearance on its season finale. Perry was eliminated from the ABC show in September.
Former Gov. Rick Perry returned to "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday for an appearance on its season finale. Perry was eliminated from the ABC show in September.

Rick Perry returns to "Dancing with the Stars"

Perry, who was eliminated from the ABC show in September, came back to join rapper Vanilla Ice for his hit song "Ice Ice Baby" — first as a DJ, then as a fellow dancer. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016.

Analysis: Texas Candidates’ Departures Can Hinder Their Returns

The end of one political race is often the beginning of the next one. As former Gov. Rick Perry learned, an "oops" moment in one contest can color voter opinion in the next one. That ought to worry U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.
"Starving the Beast," a new documentary directed by Steve Mims, examines higher education defunding over the past three decades.

Documentary Examines Texas Higher Education Defunding

A new documentary titled "Starving the Beast" claims Texas officials have maneuvered higher education into a business rather than a public good.

In the Roundup: Donald Trump loses key Hispanic support in Texas after laying out his immigration policy, police departments in the state’s largest cities don’t always report when cops pull the trigger and Rick Perry prepares to strap on his dancing shoes.

Trump Loses Support From Key Texas Backer Over Immigration (Video)

In the Roundup: Donald Trump loses key Hispanic support in Texas after laying out his immigration policy, police departments in the state’s largest cities don’t always report when cops pull the trigger and Rick Perry prepares to strap on his dancing shoes.