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Appointment Application files

Appointment application files, 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014, 122 cubic ft. (paper)

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Scope and Content
Governor Rick Perry’s Appointment application files include application forms; letters of recommendation, appointment, resignation, and thanks; letters from Governor Perry to the Texas State Senate requesting confirmation of appointments (if required); appointment letters from Governor Perry to the Secretary of State; résumés or curriculum vitae; photographs; judicial appointment questionnaires; forms authorizing the State Bar of Texas or Commission on Judicial Conduct to release information about an appointee to the Governor’s Office (plus results of these inquiries); state appointment disclosure forms (whereby appointees may choose whether or not to disclose to the public their home address, home telephone number, social security number, and information revealing whether they have family members); news clippings or other publications about applicants and their accomplishments (including web pages); articles, briefs, opinions, and other writings authored by applicants; and other materials concerning applicants for appointed positions during Governor Rick Perry’s administration. Correspondents include applicants, legislators, other state officials, members of the applicant’s local community, and professional colleagues. Materials date 1995-2014, bulk 2001-2014.

Individuals submitted applications to the Governor’s Appointments Office for appointment to a broad range of positions including vacant judgeships, state boards and commissions, certain agency heads, university regents, river authorities, and branch pilots. See the list of all entities to which the governor makes appointments or nominations, at (accessed May 20, 2016).

Files exist both for appointees and for applicants who were not appointed to an office. A number of the files are for persons appointed by Perry’s predecessor, Governor George W. Bush, and carried over into Perry’s governorship. If the individual was still in an appointed position at the time that these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives (December 2014 – March 2015), there is probably NOT a file for that person in these records; the file was most likely kept by the succeeding governor’s office (Governor Greg Abbott). In other words, these are “appointment application files (past appointments and never appointed),” but not “current” appointees.

These records are arranged alphabetically, as received from Governor Perry’s office. Only the first and last files in each box are listed in the inventory. Misfiles are present, but noted only when the involve the first or last file in a given box.

Preferred Citation
Identify the item), Appointment application files, Texas Governor Rick Perry Appointments Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission..

Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials..

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