Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's News Room

  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Executive Action by President Obama
    In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president's decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Espino and Wylie to Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Elvia Espino of Irving and Jen Wylie of Tuscola to the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The committee provides policy guidance on special education and related services for children with disabilities in Texas.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Tillman and Zimmerman to Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed David Tillman of Aledo and Jason Zimmerman of Keller to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. The board oversees licensing and regulation of dental care providers in Texas, and enforces Texas laws regulating the practice of dentistry.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Eight to Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed eight members to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. The council works to ensure all Texans with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent, productive and valued members of their communities.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Sanders to Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Aureka Sanders of DeSoto to the Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The council assists the commissioner of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in developing rules and policies for the agency.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Names Catalano Chair of Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
    Gov. Rick Perry has and named Robb Catalano of Fort Worth chair of the Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments, and appointed Denise Oncken of Houston to the committee. The committee provides a formal structure for criminal justice, health and human service and other organizations to communicate and coordinate on policy, legislative and program issues affecting offenders with special needs.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Williams to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Randy Williams of Abilene to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The board oversees the treatment and prevention of juvenile delinquency and administers juvenile justice funds.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Waller to Upper Guadalupe River Authority Board of Directors
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Bob Waller of Kerrville to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Board of Directors for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The authority develops water policies, manages floods and protects the quality of water for the Guadalupe River.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Angelina and Neches River Authority Board of Directors
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Angelina and Neches River Authority Board of Directors for terms to expire Sept. 5, 2019. The board sets policy, provides oversight and employs a general manager for the Angelina and Neches River Authority, which oversees water resources in 17 counties surrounding the Neches River Basin.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Ureste to Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alía Ureste of El Paso to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commission works with organizations, agencies, museums, survivors and liberators to help preserve information and experiences of the Holocaust and other genocide events.
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Leaders Extend State-Led Border Surge
    Having established the model for securing the border in the absence of effective federal action, Texas leaders have reached an agreement to extend the ongoing law enforcement surge through the end of the current fiscal year. Signed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker, the budget execution will marshal resources from a variety of state sources to enhance the state's efforts to secure the border region.
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Jerusalem Terror Attack
    "Today's brutal slayings in Jerusalem are acts of shocking evil, even in a world that has sadly become accustomed to acts of barbarism by the forces of evil in the Middle East. Prayer is a source of peace and refuge for people of all faiths, and to attack worshippers in the midst of expressing their faith in their morning prayers flies in the face of all that is Holy and just in the world."
  • Friday, November 14, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces December 6 Special Election for Senate District 18
    Gov. Rick Perry today set Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 18 seat, vacated by Sen. Glenn Hegar, who was elected to serve as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
  • Friday, November 14, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Proclamation
    Gov. Perry Sets December 6 Special Election for Senate District 18
    Gov. Rick Perry has set Saturday, December 6, 2014, as the special election date to fill a vacancy in Texas Senate District 18.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Net Neutrality
    "Texas' strong economy owes a lot to regulatory certainty and major private investments in critical technology infrastructure. President Obama's call to saddle 21st century technology with outdated, unnecessary regulations from the era of the Great Depression is alarming and will stifle innovation and growth. Instead, we should embrace a business and regulatory climate that encourages competition and empowers consumers with greater choice and access to high-speed Internet and all the business, consumer, education and health care benefits that come with it."
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Veterans Day
    "Throughout its history, our nation has been blessed with generations of brave men and women willing to stand on the line between us and our enemies and declare ‘Not on my watch.' Today above all days we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have worn our nation's uniforms, whether in peacetime or in time of war. Their bravery and dedication have made our nation a beacon of liberty for more than 238 years, and the standard of service they uphold will allow the United States to continue our leadership on the global stage for many years to come."
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Leaders Launch New Effort to Help Veterans
    Texas leaders are committing more than $1 million in state support for an innovative pilot program that will address Texas veterans' mental health needs. The new project, the Texas Veterans Initiative, will allow the state's $1 million investment to match local and private funds to expand and evaluate community-based mental health programs serving veterans and their families. If the pilot phase generates widespread interest from communities around the state, the Legislature could act in 2015 to expand it. The project will be funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Recommends Guidelines for Health Care Workers Returning from Ebola-Endemic Areas
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response has recommended guidelines for the monitoring of health care workers and others returning to Texas from Ebola-endemic areas in West Africa. The governor has directed Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey to begin implementing these recommendations.
  • Monday, November 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Committee for terms to expire Sept. 1, 2016. The committee recommends proposals eligible for funding through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
  • Monday, November 03, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Appointment
    Gov. Perry Appoints Chisum and Goodwin to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
    Gov. Rick Perry has appointed T. Tolbert Chisum of Beaumont and J.B. Goodwin of Austin to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). TDHCA addresses a broad spectrum of housing and community development issues, and oversees titling, licensing, inspection and enforcement of manufactured housing.

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