Brandon Rottinghaus

We are excited to host author Brandon Rottinghaus in-store on Tuesday, July 9th with his book, Rick Perry: A Political Life.

 

Description


How Rick Perry navigated and shaped Texas politics as the state’s longest serving governor.

Rick Perry, the charming rancher, pilot, and politician from West Texas who was governor from 2000 to 2015, is one of the most important but polarizing figures in the state's history. Over the nearly forty years he spent in the political arena, his political instincts served as a radar primed to sense future political opportunities. Hugging the arc of Texas political change, he shifted from a rural, “blue dog” Democrat to one of the most conservative politicians the state had elected up to that time, overseeing the enactment of controversial redistricting, voting, and abortion measures. Yet his evolution was complicated and incomplete, as his stands on such topics as immigration, vaccine requirements, and the use of state funds to attract business ran into opposition from a growing and ever-more conservative wing of the Republican Party in Texas—and the nation.

Rick Perry is both a biography of Perry as a politician and a study of the shifts in state politics that took place during his time in office. Demonstrating that Perry ranks among the most consequential governors in Texas history, Brandon Rottinghaus chronicles the profound ways he accumulated power and shaped the governorship.

 

About the Author


Brandon Rottinghaus is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Houston. His most recent books are Inside Texas Politics, Current Debates in the Lone Star State, and Inside American Government. He is also the cohost of Party Politics, a TV8 show, a radio program on KUHF, and a podcast on Houston Public Media.

Tuesday, July 9th, 6:00PM
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Rick Perry: A Political Life

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By Brandon Rottinghaus

Rick Perry: A Political Life By Brandon Rottinghaus Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781477328897
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: University of Texas Press - May 7th, 2024

Rick Perry: A Political Life By Brandon Rottinghaus Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781477328897
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: University of Texas Press - May 7th, 2024

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