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Rick Perry

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Rick Perry's Biography

Rick Perry, born James Richard Perry on March 4, 1950, is the 47th and current Governor of Texas.

Rick Perry was born in Paint Creek, about 60 miles (97 km) north of Abilene in West Texas, to ranchers Joseph Ray Perry and the former Amelia June Holt. Young Perry graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1968.

Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. He is the longest-serving governor in Texas state history.

A known Republican, Perry was elected Governor in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He is the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor, with tenure in office to date of 10 years, 234 days.  

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011. He is also a member of the National Governors Association, the Western Governors Association, and the Southern Governors Association.

He promotes himself as a social conservative. He promoted a successful Texas Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005, and fought reproductive rights by signing both parental notification and parental consent legislation for pregnant minors seeking abortions. He is also strongly against embryonic stem cell research. (Source: rickperry.org.)

On August 11, 2011, a spokesman for Perry told the Associated Press that Perry is running for President. Perry is expected to announce his presidential bid Saturday, August 13.

 

 

 

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Texas Gov Rick Perry and Grover Norquist attend Conservative Political Action Conference second day of events in Oxon Hill
Texas Gov Rick Perry and Grover Norquist attend Conservative Political Action Conference second day of events in Oxon Hill
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      News Source: National Public Radio | 11 hours ago
    ET Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for wait for it re-election as governor of Wisconsin. It will be at least another six months before he says anything definitive regarding that other office, the oval-
  • Head of Dallas' Democratic Party calls for judge to resign

      News Source: The Dallas Morning News | 23 hours ago
    18 April 2014 12:30 AM The chairwoman of the Dallas County Democratic Party took the unusual step Thursday of urging one of her party's own elected officials to resign. Darlene Ewing took aim at Judge Carlos Cortez, citing previously secret court
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      News Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram | 1 day ago
    Dallas-Fire Rescue Capt. and West resident Kenneth Luckey Harris, 52  Navarro Mills and Mertens firefighter Perry Calvin, 37  Abbott volunteer firefighter Cyrus Reed, 29  Abbott volunteer firefighter Jerry Chapman, 26  Bruceville-Eddy firefighter

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