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Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities Public Relations Materials at the Texas State Archives, 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014


Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities public relations materials
Dates: 1995-2014
Dates: bulk 2001-2014
Abstract: The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) strives to ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to live independently, productively, and with self-determination. Public relations materials are press releases promoting a specific event or award, achievements of an entity, disability access issues, and the selling of decals to benefit individuals with disabilities. Also present are speech scripts, award ceremony itineraries, and proclamations. Records date 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014. Subjects include efforts in promoting accessibility and awareness for persons with disabilities. All records are electronic.
Quantity: 8.61 MB (94 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 2014 there were 277.4 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Nineteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Scheduling and Advance; Office of the First Lady; Administration; Appointments; Legislative; Communications; Budget, Planning, and Policy; General Counsel; Internal Audit; Constituent Communication; Criminal Justice; Economic Development and Tourist Development; Governor's Commission for Women; Office of Financial Accountability; Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities; Texas Film Commission; Texas Music Office; Texas Workforce Investment Council; and Office of State-Federal Relations.

The primary function of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is to further opportunities for people with disabilities in the state of Texas. A complete explanation of the functions of this committee was set forth in Senate Bill 381, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session, and includes monitoring the state's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), providing information to the public regarding ADA, serving as liaison with other organizations assisting the disabled, promoting coordination of services for persons with disabilities, making recommendations to the governor on programs supporting persons with disabilities, monitoring the implementation of a long-range state plan for Texans with disabilities, and issuing awards and other recognition to persons and organizations making a difference for persons with disabilities.

The Governor's Committee on Employment for the Handicapped was first created by Governor Dolph Briscoe in 1978 through Executive Order DB-40. Executive orders by Governors William P. Clements in 1981 (WPC-14A) and 1987 (WPC 87-16) and Mark White in 1983 (MW-10) continued the committee and also changed the name to Governor's Committee for Disabled Persons. In 1991 the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities was created statutorily by Senate Bill 381, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session, in order to continue the functions of the Council on Disabilities, a separate entity, which was abolished on the recommendation of the Texas Sunset Commission.

As of 2015, GCDP consists of twelve members appointed by the governor. At least seven committee members must have a disability. Representatives from six state agencies serve as ex-officio or advisory members. These state agencies are Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with a representative from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation serving as an advisory member. Members serve staggered two-year terms. Together the committee makes recommendations to the legislature and the governor in regards to disability issues, promotes compliance with disability-related laws, encourages networked committees to do the same at the local level, recognizes employers for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities, and recognizes students and media efforts to positively depict persons with disabilities.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Office of the Governor Workforce Summary; accessed on June 3, 2015; the Texas Governor's Office website during Governor Perry's term, accessed via the TRAIL Web Archive on June 29, 2015.)

Rick Perry Biographical Sketch

Rick Perry served as governor of Texas from December 20, 2000 to January 20, 2015.

James Richard "Rick" Perry was the 47th governor of Texas. He was born on March 4, 1950 in Haskell, Texas to Joseph Ray Perry and Amelia June (Holt) Perry. In 1972, he received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in animal science. Perry then served as a pilot with the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1977 and was discharged in 1977 with the rank of captain. Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (District 64) as a Democrat in 1984 and served until 1991. He was named one of the 10 most effective lawmakers by the Dallas Morning News in 1989. In the same year, Perry changed his party allegiance, becoming a Republican. Perry left the House of Representatives to serve two terms as Commissioner of Agriculture, from 1991 to 1999. He was a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on International Trade; the executive committee, Southern U.S. Trade Association; and president of the Southern Association of Trade Departments of Agriculture (from 1992 to 1993). He was elected lieutenant governor in 1998, taking office in January of 1999. Perry became governor to complete the term of Governor George W. Bush who left the office in December 2000 to become president of the United States. Perry was first elected governor of Texas on November 5, 2002 and then reelected on November 7, 2006 and November 2, 2010.

As governor, Perry focused primarily on issues of economy, education, and security, especially along the Texas-Mexico border. He espoused fiscal conservatism, opposing a state income tax and focusing on job growth and business incentives throughout his governorship. As the longest serving Texas governor, Perry capitalized on the main power assigned to him by the Texas Constitution, appointing the majority of sitting members of every state board or commission. In the field of healthcare, Perry signed several bills governing abortion procedures and funding. Perry issued an executive order mandating that all Texas girls receive the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine on February 2, 2007. The order was overturned by the state legislature the following August.

On August 13, 2011, Perry announced he would be running for president in 2012. However, after a controversial campaign and a low showing in the Iowa caucuses, Perry dropped out of the presidential race on January 19, 2012. Perry later ran for president again, announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on June 4, 2015. He officially suspended his campaign on September 11, 2015.

On August 15, 2014, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges for abuse of power. The indictment specifically included two charges: abuse of official capacity (a first-degree felony) and coercion of a public servant (a third-degree felony). Perry was accused of coercing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (who had been convicted of drunk driving) to resign by threatening to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit, a group of state public corruption prosecutors. His defense maintains that these actions were within the scope of the gubernatorial powers. The indictment for coercion of a public official was dropped on July 24, 2015. As of September 2015, judgment regarding the other charge is still pending.

Perry married Anita Thigpen in 1982. They have two children, Griffin and Sydney.

(Sources include: Texas State Directory, 2014; the Texas Governor's Office website during Governor Perry's term, dated November 17, 2014; Jeff Zeleny and Michael D. Shear (January 19, 2012), "Perry to End Bid for Presidency," The New York Times, retrieved on November 6, 2015; Theodore Schleifer, CNN (September 11, 2015), "Rick Perry drops out of 2016 presidential race," CNN, retrieved on September 13, 2015; Benjy Sarlin (August 12, 2014), "Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power by grand jury," MSNBC, retrieved on August 17, 2014; and Eugene Scott (July 24, 2015), "Court dismisses one criminal charge against Perry," CNN, retrieved on July 26, 2015.)

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) strives to ensure people with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy full and equal access to live independently, productively, and with self-determination. As part of this mission, GCPD honors businesses, organizations, media, students, and other individuals who promote and assist with these opportunities. Public relations materials are press releases promoting a specific event or award, achievements of an entity, disability access issues, and the selling of decals to benefit individuals with disabilities. Also present are speech scripts for a specific event, award ceremonies itineraries, and proclamations for blindness awareness month. Records date 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014. All records in this series are electronic. Records that predate Perry's tenure as governor may have been used for background information on an award for the GCPD. Researchers should also be aware that some awards are for achievements accomplished the previous year. Years in file names may refer to either the year of the achievement or the year of the award ceremony.

Correspondence for this division of the Governor's Office may exist that is not represented in this finding aid. Beginning in 2009, most correspondence generated or received by the Governor's Office is in electronic form only. In addition, all correspondence not already in electronic form has been scanned without attachments by the Governor's Office. The original correspondence in paper form may no longer be present. A searchable electronic database of this correspondence is available. To access this database, please contact Archives staff.

Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to physical and electronic records.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt), PDFs, and web-ready images (.htm). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged alphabetically by award name, with other materials following.


Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: private information about an individual (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to the entire series. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.

Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Perry, Rick, 1950-.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.
Subjects (Persons):
Frieden, Lex.
Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996.
Developmentally disabled--Texas.
People with disabilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Digital file formats--People with disabilities--Texas--1995-2014.
Press releases--People with disabilities--Texas--1995-2014.
Speeches (documents)--People with disabilities--Texas--1995-2014.
Advocating opportunities for people with disabilities in Texas.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing records, 1974-2004, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Commission for the Blind records, 1932-2003, undated, 19.75 cubic ft.
Texas Rehabilitation Commission records, 1954-2004, undated, 8.72 cubic ft. and 17 microfilm reels
George W. Bush Presidental Library, Dallas
Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities records, Texas Governor George W. Bush records, 1984-2001, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 6.46 cubic ft. housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Briscoe Center for American History
Ann W. Richards papers, Governor's Committee on People With Disabilities correspondence, 1980-1994, 2 ft.
Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University, College Station
Governor William P. Clements, Jr., Office of the Governor, Administrative Assistant for Handicapped Affairs, records, 1979-1983, 2.5 linear ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities public relations materials, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2015/117

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of Governor on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna M. Reznik, July 2015

Other Finding Aids

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.

Detailed Description of the Records


Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities public relations materials, 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014,
8.61 MB (94 files)

E2015/117 Awards:
APA (Accessibility Professionals Association) accessibility awards, 2011-2014
[317 KB (10 files)]
Barbara Jordan media awards, 1995-1996, 1998, 2002-2014
[6.48 MB (51 files)]
[Includes private information about individuals]
Lex Frieden employment awards, 1998, 2001, 2003-2013
[804 KB (20 files)]
General public relations materials, 1997, 1999-2004
[379 KB (12 files)]
2011 annual report cover letter, 2011
[679 KB (1 file)]