Rick Perry

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Rick Perry
Perry speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C., February 9, 2012
47th Governor of Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 21, 2000
Lieutenant Bill Ratliff
David Dewhurst
Preceded by George W. Bush
39th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
January 19, 1999 – December 21, 2000
Governor George W. Bush
Preceded by Bob Bullock
Succeeded by Bill Ratliff
9th Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 19, 1999
Governor Ann Richards
George W. Bush
Preceded by Jim Hightower
Succeeded by Susan Combs
Member of the Texas House of Representatives District 64
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 8, 1991
Preceded by Joe Hanna
Succeeded by John Cook
Personal details
Born James Richard Perry
March 4, 1950 (1950-03-04) (age 64)
Paint Creek, Texas
Political party Republican (since 1989)
Spouse(s) Anita Thigpen (1982-present)
Children 2
Residence Texas Governor's Mansion
Alma mater Texas A&M University (B.S.)
Profession Politician
Religion Christianity (evangelical)[1]
Signature
Website www.governor.state.tx.us
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1972–1977
Rank Captain
Unit 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron

James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the Governor of the US state of Texas. He is a Republican. He became governor when George W. Bush became President, and has been elected three more times. Out of all the governors in the United States, Perry has been governor for the longest time (13 years). Perry grew up in West Texas and went to Texas A&M University. Before he was a politician, he was a farmer and a pilot. Before being Governor, he was a State Legislature, State Agricultural Commissioner, and Lieutenant Governor.

Perry used to be a Methodist, but now attends an Evangelical "megachurch". Perry is also an Eagle Scout.

Perry was also running for President of the United States in the 2012 Republican primaries.[2] He was one of the last candidates to enter the race. He was a frontrunner for the nomination during the first month of his campaign, but he did not do well in many of the debates. On January 19, 2012, Perry withdrew his campaign and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

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