The indictments came late Friday.
Perry faces two counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant over his use of veto power in an attempt to pressure Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign in 2013.
Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry’s calls to resign.
Perry is accused of breaking the law when he carried out a promise to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by Lehmberg.
Perry’s state attorney Mary Anne Wiley, predicts Perry will be cleared of the charges, saying he used veto powers granted under the state constitution. She says Perry’s lawyers will “aggressively defend” him and “will ultimately prevail.”
Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted since 1917.