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 ...

The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.
The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.

One Year, Two Races: Inside the GOP’s Bizarre, Tumultuous 2015

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There were two halves to 2015 for the Republican presidential race: Before Trump and After Trump. Since June, there had been several unanticipated twists — some of which included Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry.

David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Perry's Lawyers Fight to Finish Off 15-Month-Old Indictment

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry fought Wednesday before the state's highest criminal court to finish off a 2014 indictment against him, while prosecutors argued that it was too early to let Perry off the hook. 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Walker Follows Perry Out of Republican Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a substantive presence in Texas, even though he was one of the few GOP candidates who had never lived in the state. Rival presidential organizations were courting Walker donors even before his campaign confirmed news reports of his exit from the race. 

Rick Perry campaigns at a meet and greet in Storm Lake, Iowa on August 17, 2015.
Rick Perry campaigns at a meet and greet in Storm Lake, Iowa on August 17, 2015.

Pro-Perry Super PACs Give Back Millions

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A group of super PACs backing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s now-defunct presidential bid has refunded to donors most of the millions of dollars collected, the groups’ finance chairman said.

Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry announcing on Jan. 19, 2012, that he's withdrawing from the presidential race.

Analysis: A New, Dimmer Era For Rick Perry

Any longtime Perry watcher worth his salt knows the handsome fly boy from Paint Creek, Texas will do everything in his power to stay relevant in state and national politics, even after a second embarrassing withdrawal from presidential politics.