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  • Friday, August 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
    Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Miles to Texas Board of Criminal Justice
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Larry Miles of Amarillo to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a term to expire Feb.1, 2017. The board oversees the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Ermatinger as Judge of 443rd Judicial District Court
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Cindy Ermatinger of Midlothian as judge of the 443rd Judicial District Court in Ellis County effective Sept. 2, 2014, for a term to expire at the next general election.
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: Editorial Hails Texas as “Real Model For Economic Opportunity”
    Investors.com this week praised Texas as a real model for economic opportunity, saying "few states provide an economic environment that allows everyone an opportunity to succeed as does Texas."
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 • Midland, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Occidental Petroleum Complex in Midland
    Gov. Rick Perry today helped break ground on Occidental Petroleum's Midland Office Complex. Once completed in late 2015, the complex will house up to 600 employees and will be the center of Occidental's oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Stoddart as Justice of 5th Court of Appeals
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Craig Stoddart of Rockwall as justice of the 5th Court of Appeals for a term to expire at the next general election.
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Cabrales to Texas Economic Development Corporation
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Cabrales of Dallas to the Texas Economic Development Corporation for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor's Division of Economic Development and Tourism, in addition to TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state's borders.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016. The council makes recommendations to the Legislature and state agencies to ensure the needs of people with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders and their families are addressed, and that all available resources are coordinated to meet those needs.
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Brigadier General Betty as Commander of Texas State Guard
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Brigadier General Gerald "Jake" Betty as Commander of the Texas State Guard effective Sept. 1, 2014 for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commander of the Texas State Guard is responsible for the organization, training and administration of the Texas State Guard, and reports to the Texas Adjutant General.
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: Gov. Rick Perry Interview on FOX News Sunday
    Today, Gov. Rick Perry was a guest on FOX News Sunday, the interview can be viewed below. Politico Magazine also published and op-ed today by Gov. Perry, "America's New Mission in Iraq," which you can read here.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry
    As governor, I took an oath to faithfully uphold the constitution of Texas, a pledge that I have kept every day as I've worked on behalf of Texans for the last 14 years. This same constitution clearly outlines the authority of any governor to veto items at his or her discretion. Just as I have following every legislative session during my service as governor, I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public's confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry
    The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor's lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on July 2014 Texas Jobs Numbers
    "The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July. Every major industry in Texas added jobs meaning the diversity of our workforce is strong with opportunities for employers to hire good workers, and for workers to find jobs enabling them to meet the needs of their families."
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Training for Deployment in Support of Operation Strong Safety
    Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region. The governor, joined by Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, thanked the soldiers and airmen for their commitment and dedication to protecting our state and our nation.
  • Monday, August 11, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on UT Regent Wallace Hall
    "Regent Hall has acted how I expect all appointees to act - in the best interest of Texas. He has rightly asked tough questions and held people accountable for their actions, even in the face of withering personal attacks. I hope today closes this ugly chapter and Regent Hall's critics can stop wasting time and start focusing on what's important, ensuring higher education is affordable, accessible and accountable to all Texans."
  • Tuesday, August 05, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Record High Texas High School Graduation Rates
    "We've set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge. The class of 2013's historically-high graduation rate is a testament to the hard work being put in by teachers and administrators in schools across the state, and students who realize the importance of a strong education in pursuing and realizing their dreams."
  • Monday, August 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces State Incentives Bringing SpaceX Commercial Launch Facility, 300 Jobs to the Brownsville Area
    SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, and is the world's fastest-growing provider of launch services. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. SpaceX is also the first private company to attach a spacecraft to the International Space Station, exchange cargo payloads, and return safely to Earth - a technically challenging feat previously only accomplished by government space programs. SpaceX operates a Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas which has grown to over 250 employees since starting operations in 2003. The Brownsville facility will launch commercial satellites.
  • Friday, August 01, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Again Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency
    Gov. Rick Perry has again renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.
  • Friday, August 01, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Israel’s Rights Must Be Defended
    It's difficult to imagine the terror that the people of Israel must live with every day. For Israelis, at any given moment a missile might be detected, rocketing toward a residential neighborhood; a bomber might detonate him or herself in a crowded public place; and terrorists sent by Hamas might infiltrate their borders through secret tunnels to kidnap or kill their children.
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Congress’ Inability to Advance Border Security Legislation
    "It's beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation. While Texas has taken what steps it can to mitigate the damage caused by a porous border, Congress and the President have a duty to address our border security issues without further delay. Congress should not go into recess until the job is completed."

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