Tribpedia: Tom Delay

Tom DeLay, a former Texas congressman, served Texas' 22nd Congressional District from 1984 until 2006. Nicknamed "the Hammer," he served as House majority leader from 2003 to 2005. In 2006, he resigned from Congress when he was indicted on money laundering and other charges involving campaign finance violations.

In mid-August 2010, the Justice Department ended a six-year investigation of DeLay ...

Rick Perry Talks "Dancing With The Stars," Senate Speculation

Gov. Rick Perry, waves to the crowd during the unveiling ceremony of his official portrait inside the Capitol rotunda on May 6th, 2016
Gov. Rick Perry, waves to the crowd during the unveiling ceremony of his official portrait inside the Capitol rotunda on May 6th, 2016

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he is willing to give "Dancing with the Stars" a try in order to promote veterans’ awareness and to learn to dance ahead of his daughter’s fall nuptials. Meanwhile, he indicated he is not interested in challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a 2018 Republican primary. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Analysis: Blame, Reputation and the Long Road Back

The political blaming started quickly after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's indictments on Monday, and the elections will see some argument over who's shooting at the AG. But it will take more than politics to save his reputation.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Analysis: The Court of Public Opinion, Revisited

High-profile public figures exonerated after prosecutions for violations of state ethics and election laws paved the way for public skepticism about those kinds of cases — like one now pending against Gov. Rick Perry.

An exterior view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Oct. 1, 2014.
An exterior view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Oct. 1, 2014.

The Brief: Oct. 2, 2014

On the day after the country's first case of an Ebola infection appeared in Dallas, the focus has turned to the hospital where the patient was initially sent home with antibiotics before being admitted a second time for treatment.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Court Backs Decision Reversing DeLay's Convictions

Siding with a decision made a year ago by a lower appeals court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday refused to reinstate money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

 

Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

The Brief: Aug. 20, 2014

Call it the frozen custard heard round the world. Gov. Rick Perry and his booking on two felony counts late Tuesday afternoon captured national attention — on social media, most of all.

The Brief: June 4, 2014

Immigration threatens to once again be a contentious issue among Republicans gathering for their state convention with several grassroots activists wanting the party to take a mulligan on including a guest worker plank in the platform two years ago.

UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers is shown at a hearing of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013.

The Brief: March 13, 2014

If the University of Texas System regents tap Gov. Rick Perry's reported favorite, Kyle Janek, as their next chancellor, they won't get pushback from the president of the system's flagship campus.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 19, 2013

Your evening reading: DeLay's conviction overturned; abortion opponents hit Patrick over past investment; Cruz answers criticism from House Republicans

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Appeals Court Overturns Tom DeLay's Conviction for Money Laundering

Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s political money laundering conviction was overturned Thursday by the state’s 3rd Court of Appeals, which said the state's evidence in the case was "legally insufficient."

The Weekly Recap: Jan. 10 - Jan. 14

No time to follow every twist and turn of the Texas Legislature? We've made it easier for you with our all-new weekly recaps of the action under the dome. Take a look back at the top political news from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Grissom (with Tedesco of the San Antonio Express-News) on high-speed police chases on the Texas-Mexico border, Hu and Hamilton draw a roadmap through the tangle of the Speaker's Race, M. Smith on the trouble with electronic supplements to science textbooks, Ramshaw interviews patient privacy advocate Deborah Peel, Aguilar on Cuba and Texas and trade, Hamilton on the latest in biotech from Texas A&M University, Stiles on who's in the money in Congress, Hu on the controversial renewal of the state lottery contract, yours truly on Tom DeLay's victory in the face of his conviction on money-laundering charges, and E. Smith with a Thanksgiving cornucopia of TribLive videos: The best of our best from November 22 to 26, 2010.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Tom DeLay Wins!

Yes, a jury convicted the former U.S. House majority leader of money laundering. But his maps — the ones that upended the careers of Democrats and helped the GOP take over Congress — are still in place. No amount of jail time can change that.

Tom DeLay, at the Travis County courthouse following his conviction on money-laundering charges.
Tom DeLay, at the Travis County courthouse following his conviction on money-laundering charges.

TribBlog: DeLay Convicted

Tom DeLay, the former U.S. House majority leader from Sugar Land, was convicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering this afternoon.

Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.
Tom DeLay, shown after his trial in 2011. DeLay, who was convicted of conspiracy and money-laundering, was found innocent of all charges by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Deliberations Continue in DeLay Case

The jury in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, continues to deliberate — and is asking some questions of visiting District Judge Pat Priest.

DeLay of Reckoning

Jury deliberations have begun in the money-laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land. Matt Largey of KUT News reports on what happens now — and how long it could take.
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay walks to the 331st District Court of Travis County during the August 2010 start of pre-trial hearings on corruption and money laundering charges against the former politician.
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay walks to the 331st District Court of Travis County during the August 2010 start of pre-trial hearings on corruption and money laundering charges against the former politician.

Hammer Time

Today, five years after Tom DeLay’s fall from power, his trial on the money laundering and conspiracy charges that forced his resignation as U.S. House majority leader is finally slated to begin. What's at stake, other than voyeuristic curiosity about whether a former congressman will go to prison?