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 ...

Perry Says Texas Shouldn't Sweat Big Plunge in Oil Prices

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.

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.

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.

Rick Perry: Iowa Trip Aims to "Add to the Edge" Ted Cruz Has in State

Long accustomed to traversing Iowa with a cast of local Republicans, presidential candidate Ted Cruz received some new company Tuesday in the form of a fellow Texan: former Gov. Rick Perry.

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.

In Spirited Hearing, Perry's Lawyers Fight to Finish Off 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.