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James Richard “Rick” Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American politician who is the 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump. Prior to his cabinet position, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. Bio on Wikipedia


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  1. oportosanto May 9, 2016

    That’s a good comment really, but in fact there aren’t many politicians out there working for the people and that is why there is a huge disbelief in the class. Once they get power, they abuse it.

  2. tskier01123 April 7, 2016

    Aw, slicky Ricky. Another politician turned bad. I just don’t get these people. Work for the people, not your own slef interest. But I guess that’s why smart people don’t get into politics, they know better. They leave it for people like Rick here who will take their position of power and blow it all up. Can’t say I really feel sorry for the guy. If he’s not guilty, fine. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he is as more often then not this politicians are just slimy thieves!

  3. oportosanto March 31, 2016

    What’s wrong with the political class that seems to be always breaking the law? They should be the law makers and giving the example, instead they just create bigger problems!

  4. GreenEggsAndSam March 30, 2016

    I lived in Texas for about a year during Rick Perry’s term as governor. I thought he did a good job, and I had no major complaints. I liked his strong support of the Second Amendment, but wished he would have done more to get healthcare to the poor. Also, I was not in favor of his strong stance on HPV vaccines.

  5. MarkOfDavison March 29, 2016

    I look at Rick Perry in a pretty favorable light. He seems to be a good governor, even though i do not live in Texas. The way he sides on the issues is the closer to my views than most politicians, and I believe that he would have made a good president, even though his chances of getting elected would not be good in the current political climate.

  6. ZXD22 March 26, 2016

    I agree he has had way too much power for his time and he has been in office for a very long time as well! There has got to be a limit to these types of things. You can’t be abusing power no matter how many rights or how powerful you are. He should be taught a lesson.

  7. Diane Lane February 25, 2016

    So, now both counts against Rick Perry have been dismissed, as anticipated. It’s no secret that there are warring factions within the state of Texas. Travis County is a liberal stronghold, and Rick Perry is a staunch conservative, so it’s not surprise that one or more powerful officials who lean to the left would find one or more reasons to indict him. What’s telling is that both counts have subsequently been dismissed.

  8. UnslaadKrosis February 25, 2016

    It’s like a gala of corrupt politicians in this country. Almost every day one of them is charged with a criminal case and prosecuted. It’s almost as if being corrupt is like an entrance ritual to gain an admission into the politics. What’s really sad though is that these guys will use their power and influence to slip through the cracks of law and end up being just fine at the end of the day.

  9. IgCho February 4, 2016

    Agreed with those who feel this shows the need for stricter term limits. I find Perry’s views on women’s issues particularly abhorent, and if I am not mistaken this is hardly the first time he’s been investigated for similar issues. I think the people of Texas would be better served without him given his clear additional interest in making himself a player on the national stage.

  10. Humble January 15, 2016

    Was never a big fan of Perry, what with his views on abortion and the like so I’m not upset to see this happen. It is also becoming less and less surprising to see politicians involved in these kind of situations. Its almost like there is something wrong with the person if they don’t do something illegal or abuse power.

  11. TheViper January 7, 2016

    I haven’t been keeping up with this guy. Though, the last I heard he was trying to run for president. I guess that didn’t work out for him at all. Though, with what the way we are going with Trump then I wouldn’t’ be surprised if he is nominated from a jail cell.

  12. Pepper170 December 20, 2015

    Yeah, this guy needs out ASAP. Talk about political corruption…

    To be fair, though, pretty much all politicians in the US are guilty of something like this. So, most of the time, it’s harmless. You never know when it could be part of a bigger plot, though.

    Rick Perry has already dropped out of the presidential race – could this be part of the reason why?

  13. Esperaholon December 17, 2015

    It has certainly been a while since I’ve heard from and/or about this guy. I’m actually not surprised at all about hearing this tho’. Rick has always been on the shadier side of things, but he is clever enough to generally not go full-hog so to speak… Well at least until now. I’m honestly not sure what he thought he was doing with this – did he think no one would call foul? Oh well, maybe this is the push needed to get some someone new into TX as governor. Though of course, that might not be the best thing – I mean TX seems to have a certain type and that type isn’t generally progressive or given to nuance in their decision making.

  14. HalfBeard December 13, 2015

    Abuse of power by refusing to fund corruption prosecutors. That is rich! A new low, even for Rick Perry.

  15. Alex_F December 12, 2015

    Yeah, Rick Perry’s views are just dated. He would make a horrible president and barely serves as a good governor for any state. Texas could totally do better. They need someone who doesn’t just tell them what he thinks they want to hear (“if you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.” What?!), works on their behalf.

  16. jamesandrews December 9, 2015

    Perry must be looking at Trump and thinking: “he’s the candidate I could have been!”

    Not that I dislike Perry; I don’t. He’s much more of the kind of conservative that fits my own views. But the media never let him have his way. But the media can’t scuttle Trump’s campaign because he doesn’t need their endorsement, nor the money he’d get from donors after favorable media coverage.

  17. jaolemes December 6, 2015

    Unlike some of my friends here, I don’t believe he will get the presidency nomination. Perry knows how the system works and always act accordingly. And yes, Texas can do better than this.

  18. Andrew November 29, 2015

    This guy clearly knows how to work the system. He has had a successful career, but unsurprisingly, has engaged in corruption. I know very little about him, so he could very well have been involved with many more nefarious dealings, some of which may have been unreported. However, at least according to this page, he has been involved with actions that are arguably less severe than other instances of corruption. Vetoing funding isn’t as bad as wiretapping or something like that, but again, he easily could have participated knowingly in many more insidious actions.

  19. JC_224 November 16, 2015

    While Gov. Rick Perry has said some ridiculous things in the pass, I do not think he is anywhere near the level of insanity that Donald Trump possesses. As someone who leans towards a Republican government and appreciate the points they raise, Rick Perry is a person I would quite confidently stand behind. I do not agree with all of his stances nor do I agree with every stance that the Republican party attests too, but he is much lesser of an evil than others.

  20. bob barker November 10, 2015

    This is a fine example of a right wing nut job. Yes, I speak as a Democratic Socialist with full knowledge of what socialism is…..hint…Russia, China, and Cuba are NOT it.

    I can also say that fifty years ago this idiot would have been thrown out of the Republican party without a second thought.

  21. dragonspearl November 2, 2015

    It would appear that the right to veto a bill is within the scope of a Governor’s job responsibility, but some how this veto involved misappropriation of funds related to a position and a demand that someone resign a position. The individual was given an ultimatum, resign or I will veto the bill. There was no resignation and the bill was vetoed. Abuse of power is such a subjective claim.

    It sounds a little bit like a witch hunt to me. I am sure he has much larger skeletons in his closet than this. Could it be a classic Al Capone move. They can’t get him for the real crimes he has committed so they arrest him for income tax evasion? He could still end up in jail, which will give them something, no matter how small, which is better than nothing.

  22. -su- October 23, 2015

    I don’t understand how he has managed to stay in office this long. Josh Robbins (commenter above) stated that he vetoed the funds for state public corruption prosecutors. I don’t know how he managed to get away with something like this. He has been put in a position in which he has a high level of control which he is using to get away with whatever he would like to. There are so many borderline areas in which it is difficult to determine if an action is legal or not. I guess we will one day figure out how to stop corruption but today is not that day.

  23. cpefley October 14, 2015

    I personally cannot stand him! I am glad he isn’t governor of my state. He was a joke in the 2012 election, and he definitely abuses his power. I can’t believe he is still in office. His approval rating is so low.

  24. Diane Lane September 22, 2015

    As of a few days ago, Rick Perry has decided to discontinue his bid for the 2016 Presidency. I actually hadn’t heard much about him this time around, which is kind of surprising, since I’m in Texas. I think there were just too many people running, and it’s difficult to stand out in a crowd, especially when there are a few who appear to be the darlings of the media, or so hated by the media and a vocal group that others fall by the wayside. I’m interested to see what is next on his agenda.

  25. fatspacelion September 7, 2015

    I don’t ever remember of hearing about this.

  26. IamTheShrike August 26, 2015

    When I lived in Texas, I never have seen a politician so hated. The liberals in Texas aren’t the brightest ones, so I took everything they said with a grain of salt. However, I always thought this guy was a bit of an egomaniac who isn’t too bright.

    He bombed so horribly when running for president, I am shocked he is doing it again (not really because of Super-PACs, but still). Not surprised he is broke already. This guy is just silly, even if I agree with him on a lot of policy issues. He is apparently a very nice gentleman…just shouldn’t be president. He won’t win. He couldn’t win.

  27. michaelrydell August 12, 2015

    Perry probably will not be chosen the as the GOP candidate for president. I wonder what his chances are as being picked up as a Vice-President running mate. I don’t know him to have any close ties with any other candidates, but who knows. If not, I’m not sure where he will go from here as far as politics, maybe a Senator’s role?

  28. GenevB August 11, 2015

    It’s a good thing that justice finally started to do its job and get more and more corrupted politicians under the bars. There are for sure a lot of persons from the political life who did abused their powers in order to gain different benefits and got away without being punished. This should be a message to all of them who are still left, the justice will be served.

  29. James Loftus August 9, 2015

    Vetoing funding for state public corruption; oh, the irony. How do you go about putting a stop to the money that may be used to investigate you as a politician, and then, in this day of mass and instant information, not expect that someone is going to notice???

  30. Buruku August 6, 2015

    I guess I’m not too surprised, especially considering how long he has been a politician. It’s almost like you can expect this from every politician who’s held office for years, it’s just that they either get caught or they don’t.

  31. jamesandrews August 3, 2015

    I always thought of Perry as one of the good guys, so I was pretty gob-smacked when he got indicted. I hope he fights it and gets his presidential bid back on track.

  32. James July 3, 2015

    I am a Texan, and I like Rick Perry quite a bit. He did a lot for the state of Texas. Not the least of which, was a $4 billion surplus for his successor ( Greg Abbott) when he took over. The state of Texas created over 50% of the jobs that President Obama takes credit for in his tenure as president.

  33. Sevrin June 24, 2015

    Oh boy, it’ll be interesting to see his career spiral out of control.
    The Texas state constitution actually makes the governor pretty weak, relatively speaking, but Perry has managed to remain in office long enough to turn it around, and now he sits at the top of the powerhouse here. It’ll be interesting to follow what happens.

  34. Jasmine2015 June 16, 2015

    It is truly a shame when someone comes into a position of power and then abuses it. You are supposed to be serving the people, because they are the ones who put you into office. Even humans with the best of intentions will make mistakes but there must be a line between making an honest mistake and making a bad decision on purpose. I hope Rick Perry reflects on how many people he has harmed by abusing his power.

  35. Eileen100 June 4, 2015

    It is very rare that the Grand Jury will indict a politician he must have been really bad at covering his tracks. I mean the veto itself was a red flag how obvious could you be. I guess he finally met Karma and she wasn’t to pleased to meet him.

  36. Diane Lane May 25, 2015

    Governor Perry is now out of office, but this issue doesn’t bother me too much, since it seems there were extenuating circumstances. I don’t believe anyone in office can be totally clean, because it is a dirty business, and some back patting is necessary to grease the wheels. That doesn’t mean I approve. I wish things were different, but, unfortunately, it is what it is. I liked Rick Perry as Governor, and feel he pretty well represented the interests of Texans, other than with regard to tort reform, which has screwed the injured, in favor of big business.

  37. dharris18 May 20, 2015

    An unfortunate, common result of someone being in office too long and letting the power go to their head. A real shame things come to this, but they don’t have to everyone has a choice to make.

  38. Salami May 13, 2015

    Well, this is one turd who will eventually be out of the picture and at least he won’t be running for president with these charges hanging over his head.

    Texas can do better than this.

  39. bonzer May 1, 2015

    Corruption at top-level is menacing.Any leader who faces corruption allegations must be suspended from his/her office with an inquiry constituted under the supervision of a sitting supreme court judge. He should be reinstated if he comes clean else, he must be jailed for the rest of his life with total confiscation of all his assets.

  40. Ann Abbitz March 21, 2015

    This is why I am 100% in favor of imposing term limits on our politicians. The longer you hold office, the more inclined you become to “enjoy” the power that comes along with it. Once you are used to holding all of the power in a great deal of situations, it then become a slippery slope towards abuse of that power.
    None of this will stop until we – the people who are continuously abused by politicians with this type of mentality – force their hand & impose term limits.

  41. Andrea Robinson March 20, 2015

    As of late January of this year, Perry was still trying to get the indictments thrown out, but so far it isn’t working.

    The amazing thing to me is that he’s using his Presidential campaign money for his defense. It’s not amazing that he’s using the money — it’s amazing that he still intends to run for President.

    I wonder if narcissism would be the correct word for that?

    No matter what you’ve done, you still think you should be the top dog.

    I just wonder why some of these politicians don’t die of shame. Haven’t they ever developed what Bradshaw called “healthy shame — knowing you’re not God”?

  42. Jen March 18, 2015

    They all abuse their power in one way or another…this seems like more of a gray area than other issues.

  43. Mary March 17, 2015

    How ridiculous. He needs to get out of office. No one should have that much power for so long. That’s how we get corrupt offocials. They aren’t there for us, they are there for themselves and the power.

  44. Josh Robbins March 17, 2015

    Hmmm, now why would he veto funds for state public corruption prosecutors? I just can’t figure it out…NOT! Gosh think how history might have been changed if Nixon could have eliminated funding for the Watergate investigation

  45. Kevin March 14, 2015

    He has been in office for a very long time! There aren’t many politicians who have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position.