Articles of Impeachment against James Richard “Rick” Perry, Governor of Texas
March 17, 2013 Austin, Texas
RESOLVED, That James Richard “Rick” Perry, Governor of the State of Texas of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment to be exhibited to the Senate:
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT EXHIBITED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE THE STATE OF TEXAS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AGAINST JAMES RICHARD “RICK” PERRY, GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, IN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT OF ITS IMPEACHMENT AGAINST HIM FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS.
In his conduct of the office of Governor of the State of Texas of the United States, James Richard “Rick” Perry, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of Governor of the State of Texas of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitutions of the State and the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice, and proper administration of State affairs in that:
On Friday, February 24, 2012, James Richard “Rick” Perry, Governor of Texas, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the implementation of Federal law, commending Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the issue of contraception. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined other states in suing the federal government for what the states consider an assault on freedom of religion. As the electorate of Texas gave no mandate for a confrontation between Texas and the United States over religion and contraception, these actions are outside the scope of duties of office and constitute a personal use of the State for political gain.*
In all of this, James Richard “Rick” Perry has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as Governor of Texas and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the State of Texas of the United States.
Wherefore James Richard “Rick” Perry, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.
“Article One” prepared by the Generation Party Democratic Caucus of Texas