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 ...

State's Tab Defending Voter ID $3.5 Million So Far

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas taxpayers continue picking up the tab for defending the nation’s strictest voter identification law more than five years after Republicans fast-tracked it through the Legislature. Whether that spending is a “shameful waste” or the cost of fending off the federal government depends on whom you ask.

Former Gov. Rick Perry campaigns for Ted Cruz in San Antonio a day ahead of Super Tuesday, Feb 29, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry campaigns for Ted Cruz in San Antonio a day ahead of Super Tuesday, Feb 29, 2016.

Does Rick Perry Still Carry Clout in Texas?

Former Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed at least 10 candidates this election cycle — including an aspiring sheriff and a would-be congressman — providing a measure of his political influence since leaving office. 

Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.
Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

The Republican Party of Texas’ convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry posed with his official portrait before its hanging at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry posed with his official portrait before its hanging at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016.

Analysis: In Politics, Yesterday’s Scolds are Today’s Endorsers

Sometimes, your only choices are “naive" and “cynical” — as when the question is whether to believe what political people say. Rick Perry talked about the presidential race Friday. Score one for the cynics.

Former Texas First Lady Anita Perry and artist James Tennison unveil the official portrait of the 47th governor of Texas, Rick Perry, on May 6, 2016.
Former Texas First Lady Anita Perry and artist James Tennison unveil the official portrait of the 47th governor of Texas, Rick Perry, on May 6, 2016.

Perry Portrait Unveiled — And a Burning Question Answered

The official portrait of former Gov. Rick Perry was unveiled Friday morning, giving Texas' longest-serving governor a permanent home in the Capitol — and answering a burning question throughout Austin.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a May 6, 2016, news conference at the state Capitol after the unveiling of his official portrait.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a May 6, 2016, news conference at the state Capitol after the unveiling of his official portrait.

Perry on Trump Endorsement: "We Let Bygones be Bygones"

In Austin, former Gov. Rick Perry on Friday defended his endorsement of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee whom Perry once called a "cancer on conservatism." Perry said such rhetoric comes in the heat of battle.

Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.
Chevron was expected to build an office building at 1600 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. More than two years after receiving state support for the project, company company officials say they have no plans to build the tower in the near future.

Years Later, Benefits from State Subsidy to Chevron Hard to Find

Texas announced in 2013 it was giving Chevron millions of dollars toward building a new office tower and creating 1,752 jobs. More than two years later, the site of the building remains a grassy lot and Chevron has laid off hundreds of workers.

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.

Rick Perry's Criminal Case Officially Dismissed

The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry was officially dismissed on Wednesday, weeks after the Texas' highest criminal court ordered that it be dropped.

Businessman Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the GOP presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan on March 3, 2016.
Businessman Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the GOP presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan on March 3, 2016.

Analysis: An Election Theme Seven Years in the Making

One thing has remained true during this political cycle, even as we all watch our early predictions sour: The disruption that has marked the Republican Party in Texas and the U.S. for the last decade is still blooming. 

The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.
The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.

SH 130 Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

A private company that operates part of the Texas toll road with the highest speed limit in the country filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, fewer than three years after the section of the road it oversees first opened.

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Dismisses Rick Perry Indictment

The state’s highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday morning, apparently ending the case that started with his threat to veto state funding for a local prosecutor if she refused to quit her office.

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.

Perry Says Texas Shouldn't Sweat Falling Oil Prices

Citing an increasingly diversified Texas economy, former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday boasted about the “Texas Miracle” and said there’s no reason to be overly concerned about the plummeting price of oil.