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 ...

Analysis: Texas Candidates’ Departures Can Hinder Their Returns

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.

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.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry and state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, are shown at a press conference at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 4, 2014.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry and state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, are shown at a press conference at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 4, 2014.

Analysis: That Silly Perry Vs. Cruz Idea? Don’t Be So Quick to Dismiss It

Ted Cruz and Rick Perry are well known across Texas, able to raise money inside and outside of the state, and demonstrably ambitious. The speculation about a 2018 matchup will probably come to nothing, right?

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 to Fallen Muslim Soldier's Father: "Shame On You"

Former Gov. Rick Perry is defending Donald Trump's war of words with the family of a fallen Muslim soldier, saying the father "struck the first blow" against the Republican presidential nominee and is not above criticism in return. 

Michael Morton stands for his February 1987 mugshot (left) and a portrait 25 years later, taken at the Williamson County Courthouse on Feb. 6, 2013.
Michael Morton stands for his February 1987 mugshot (left) and a portrait 25 years later, taken at the Williamson County Courthouse on Feb. 6, 2013.

How Michael Morton’s Wrongful Conviction Has Brought Others Justice

Thirty years ago, a Williamson County murder set in motion a shoddy prosecution that led to the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton. It's a miscarriage in justice that's still felt in the state's criminal cases.

 

Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell shows his cast to Marion Jordan and physical therapist Kristen Dammen at Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Birdwell was badly burned while working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell shows his cast to Marion Jordan and physical therapist Kristen Dammen at Washington Hospital Center burn unit. Birdwell was badly burned while working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Senator Brian Birdwell Finally Gets Chance to Thank Man who Helped Him on 9/11

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It’s been nearly 15 years since the lives of Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rob Maness, candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, were thrust together for a few chaotic moments outside the Pentagon on 9/11.

Rick Perry with Reveille, the Texas A&M mascot. This image is included in Perry's collection in the Texas Digital Archive.
Rick Perry with Reveille, the Texas A&M mascot. This image is included in Perry's collection in the Texas Digital Archive.

Rick Perry's Digital Legacy Gives Archivists New Momentum

Two years ago, Texas had made no progress archiving its electronic records. With the launch this year of the Texas Digital Archive — and the release of seven terabytes of Rick Perry's digital legacy — Texas has become a national leader.

U.S. Sen John Cornyn details his meeting with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump during a press conference May 13, 2016 in Dallas
U.S. Sen John Cornyn details his meeting with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump during a press conference May 13, 2016 in Dallas

Analysis: Cornyn Wants FBI to Open Clinton Files. And Then What?

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn thinks it would be a great idea to open the FBI’s investigative files on Hillary Clinton. But there's a reason for separating police and prosecutors and courts — and for separating all of them from politics. 

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' Voter ID Defense Has Cost $3.5 Million

Texas taxpayers are still 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.

 

A pump at an Alvin, Texas oilfield uses carbon dioxide, piped in from Mississippi, to help extract oil.
A pump at an Alvin, Texas oilfield uses carbon dioxide, piped in from Mississippi, to help extract oil.

Former Mayor's "Clean Coal" Effort Struggles

Since leaving office in 2007, former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller has been championing "clean coal" technology, but these days plans for a West Texas gasification plant appear to be on life support.