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Rick Perry

Rick Perry
Rick Perry in June 2011.
Personal data
Date of birthMarch 4, 1950(age 66)
Place of birthPaint Creek, Texas
Birth nameJames Richard Perry
Political partyRepublican Party (since 1989)
Democratic Party (until 1989)
SpouseAnita Thigpen
ResidenceWest Austin, Texas
(Temporary residence since 2007, during repairs to the Texas Governor's Mansion)
Alma materTexas A&M University
ProfessionMilitary Officer, Farmer, Politician
ReligionChristian (evangelical)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1972 1977
47th Governor of Texas
Assumed officeDecember 21, 2000
LieutenantBill Ratliff (2000 03)
David Dewhurst (since 2003)
Preceded byGeorge W. Bush
39th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In officeJanuary 19, 1999 - December 21, 2000
GovernorGeorge W. Bush
Succeeded byBill Ratliff
Preceded byBob Bullock
9th Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas
In officeJanuary 15, 1991 - January 19, 1999
GovernorAnn Richards
George W. Bush
Succeeded bySusan Combs
Preceded byJim Hightower
Member of the House of Representatives of Texas
from District 64
In office1985 - 1991
Succeeded byJohn Cook
Preceded byJoe Hanna

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James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. A Republican, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010. With a tenure in office to date of , Perry is the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor, and the second longest serving current U.S. governor after Terry Branstad of Iowa.

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court).

Perry won the Texas 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina. In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won a third term by defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass. On August 13, 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election. Political observers and public opinion polls place him as a front-runner in the race.

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