Gov. Rick Perry has taken an extraordinary American journey, from a tenant farm on the rolling plains of West Texas to the governor’s office of our nation’s second largest state.
Starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office, Gov. Perry has led a life dedicated to public service. As Texas’ longest-serving governor, he has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by promoting fiscally conservative principles like low taxes, predictable regulations and fair courts.
Under Gov. Perry’s leadership, Texas has consistently ranked as one of America’s best places for economic development and expansion, has led the nation in exports for a full decade and been the nation’s epicenter for job creation.
Gov. Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972, where he was a member of the corps of cadets, a junior and senior yell leader. Between 1972 and 1977, he served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft.
From 1985 to 1991, Perry served in the Texas House of Representatives. He was elected commissioner of agriculture in 1990, serving two terms. As lieutenant governor, he worked with legislators to pass a balanced budget that included record tax cuts.
He was sworn in as the 47th governor of Texas on December 21, 2000, and was elected to four-year terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Gov. Perry is an Eagle Scout and a lifetime member of American Legion Post #75. Rick and his wife, Anita, are the proud parents of two grown children – Griffin and Sydney. Griffin married his wife, Meredith, in 2009.
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