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 ...

In Iowa, Voters Size Up Perry's Shot at Redemption

Former Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowans Monday in Sioux Center. The stop at a Pizza Ranch came during a five-day swing through the Hawkeye State for Perry.
Former Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowans Monday in Sioux Center. The stop at a Pizza Ranch came during a five-day swing through the Hawkeye State for Perry.

Iowans got one last chance this week to size up former Gov. Rick Perry's shot at redemption before an anticipated June 4 presidential announcement. In nearly a dozen events across the state, Perry gave them plenty of reasons not to count him out — despite early polling that positions him as the underdog in the race.

Adam Sharp confronts State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Adam Sharp confronts State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

American Phoenix Donor: I Thought We Were for Transparency

Four large donors to the American Phoenix Foundation, which has been secretly recording Texas lawmakers, are well-known backers of conservative causes. One of the donors said his past contributions didn't have anything to do with the group's recent videotaping project, but he didn't rule out donating to the group in the future.

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.
Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.

Cascos Wants to Move Past Voter ID, Partisan Politics

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos hopes his tenure represents a shifting tide in the office — away from partisan gridlock over voting, and toward bolstering Texas' relations with Mexico and improving life along the state's southern border. 

 

 

 

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.
Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.

Citing Garland Shooting, Perry Touts Surveillance

Wrapping up a swing through Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry cited the Garland shooting to defend federal surveillance programs, and told a national security forum that enhanced interrogation is okay, though rectal feeding may be over the line.

Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.
Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.

In Iowa, Perry Seeks Footing on Trade Deal

Former Gov. Rick Perry is making it clear he supports free trade in theory, but isn't wild about having the Obama administration negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015
Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015

The Brief: Lawmakers Distance Open Carry From Waco Shootout

Lawmakers are quick to say that the incident that left nine biker gang members dead wasn't relevant to the discussion of open carry despite some committee witnesses who attempted to draw a connection.

Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.
Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.

Perry Says He Would Not Have Ordered Invasion of Iraq

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Monday said he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he knows now. It's a question that has animated the GOP's 2016 presidential field in recent days. Perry also suggested that President Obama should have listened more to those warning him the region would erupt in instability if U.S. forces pulled of Iraq out too fast.  

Former Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with a man who saw him speak Saturday in Iowa. The event at the Cedar Rapids GOP headquarters kicked off a five-day swing through the state for Perry.
Former Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with a man who saw him speak Saturday in Iowa. The event at the Cedar Rapids GOP headquarters kicked off a five-day swing through the state for Perry.

In Iowa, Perry Looks to Stand Out in GOP Field

With his entrance into the 2016 presidential race only a few weeks away, former Gov. Rick Perry embarked on a five-day swing through Iowa on Saturday, emphatically looking to distinguish himself from a crowded field of GOP hopefuls.

The Ticket: Marco Rubio and George Seay

In this week's episode of The Ticket, a co-production of The Texas Tribune and KUT, we break down the presidential announcement of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and chat with his supporter George Seay, who was Rick Perry's state finance chairman in 2012. 

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Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

The Brief: Video of Lawmakers Shared With Breitbart Texas

The news organization Breitbart Texas confirmed that it has received footage of lawmakers shot by a nonprofit tied to conservative causes, but it has no plans to release any of it before the end of the legislative session in three weeks.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stumping in South Carolina, an early primary state, on May 8 and 9, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stumping in South Carolina, an early primary state, on May 8 and 9, 2015.

Perry, Cruz Make Their Mark at South Carolina Forum

Speaking at a presidential contender forum in South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry took on issues like foreign policy and religious freedom laws, and they both remembered a certain Alamo commander and South Carolina native.

Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, South Carolina on Friday, May 8, 2015.
Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, South Carolina on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Perry Enjoys Warm Welcome in Return to South Carolina

Rick Perry was very much in his element Friday during a town hall event in South Carolina. Speaking about the federal deficit and fiscal morality, the likely presidential candidate drew plenty of applause. He hopes to build momentum off of such events.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Jan. 24, 2015.

Perry Reverses Position on Export-Import Bank

Former Gov. Rick Perry announced late Tuesday he no longer supports the Export-Import Bank, reversing his position on an issue that has become a litmus test for Republican presidential candidates. Congress faces a June 30 deadline to reauthorize the bank's charter or it will shut down.