Rick Perry

Secretary of Energy

  • 1968-1972 Receives Cs, Ds and Fs through college. (college transcript)
  • 1990 Works with Karl Rove to wrest the Texas Agriculture Commissioner seat from Jim Hightower. (source)
  • 2000-2010 Wins three governor races, in part with $102 million in hard cash donations, half of which came from the same 204 donors. (source)
  • 2001 Sets a record for vetoes, rejecting 82 acts. The most since Reconstruction. (source)(source)
  • 6/18/01 Vetoes a ban on the execution of mentally retarded inmates. (source)
  • 2003 Signs a bill restricting non-economic damages in medical malpractice judgments. (source)
  • 2008 In his first book On My Honor, draws a parallel between homosexuality and alcoholism, stating that he is “no expert on the ‘nature versus nurture’ debate” but that gays should choose abstinence. (source)
  • 2011 The “Texas Miracle,” wherein Perry claims to have spared his state from recession and unemployment stemming from the 2008 Financial Crisis, are a myth perpetrated by a basic misunderstanding of the economic effects of population growth. (source)(source)
  • 2013 Calls for the Boy Scouts to continue their ban on homosexuality and blames America for not living up to the ideals of the scouts. (source)
  • 8/19/11 Tells a woman and her son on the campaign trail that evolution is “a theory that’s out there” and one that’s “got some gaps in it.” Then boasts that Texas schools teach evolution and creationism side by side, a statement that is categorically false. (source)
  • November 2011 In GOP debate, cannot recall one of the three federal departments he wishes to abolish. (video)
  • 12/6/11 Releases a campaign ad in which he says “there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." The latter part of the statement being categorically false. (source)(the video)
  • June 2013 Signs a number of laws that loosen restrictions on concealed handgun license law in Texas: (source)
    • Can now leave the handgun in your car, even on school campus
    • Reduces CHL fee for certain public officers and veterans
    • Renewal applications can be submitted online
    • Social security number is not required when applying for CHL
    • License holders can carry a gun that is in a different category than what they demonstrated a proficiency for
    • Reduces classroom time for CHL from 10 hours to about 5 hours, and can take part of the exam online
    • Creates “school marshals,” individuals who can patrol K-12 schools with a gun and whose identity is a secret to all but the school’s head administrator and law enforcement
  • 8/15/14 Indicted by a grand jury for abuse of official capacity for threatening to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit, a state public corruption prosecutors department, and for coercing a public servant to resign after a drunk driving conviction. He is cleared of the charges on February 2016 after hiring one of the state’s top civil lawyers, Tony Buzbee. (source)(source)
  • 2015 Under Perry’s leadership, Texas becomes state with highest proportion of uninsured residents at 26%, and lowest level of access to prenatal care out of all the states. (source)(source)
  • February 2015 Becomes a board member of Energy Transfer Partners, which owns and operates one of the largest energy asset portfolios in the U.S. (source)
  • 9/11/15 Becomes the first candidate to drop out of the presidential race, having already spent four times what his campaigned raised. (source)
  • 8/30/16 Enters Dancing with the Stars as a contestant. (source)(video) Eliminated in the third week. (source)
  • 1/18/17 Misunderstands what the Department of Energy does, thinking that it represents American oil and gas interests abroad when it is actually mostly the maintaining, refurbishing and keeping safe the nation's nuclear stockpile. (source)

As the Secretary of Energy

  • 3/29/17 A supervisor at the Energy Department's Office of International Climate and Clean Energy bans the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" and "Paris Agreement" in all written forms. (Politico)
  • 3/19/17 Denies that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change. States: "Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.” (WaPo)
  • 7/7/17 While speaking with employees at a coal plant in West Virginia, confuses the concept of supply with the concept of demand. (CNN)
  • 11/2/17 Speaking of his recent trip to Africa, says that a young girl told him that energy is important to her because she often reads by the light of a fire, and added "but also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will on those types of acts.” The acts he refers to are sexual assault and rape. (Hill)
  • 1/8/18 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules against Perry's Energy Department attempt to prop up coal and nuclear power, citing that the department's reasoning that it would strengthen the power grid "does not demonstrate that such an outcome would be just and reasonable." (Reuters)
  • 9/13/18 Meets with Russian officials, including Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, in Moscow. (Reuters)