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  Perry, Rick
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AffiliationRepublican  
<-  2011-02-01  
 
NameRick Perry
AddressP.O. Box 12428 Texas Governor's Mansion
Austin, Texas 78711, United States
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Websitehttp://www.rickperry.org
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Born March 04, 1950
Died Still Living (64 years)
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Aug 13, 2012 11:53pm
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InfoJames Richard "Rick" Perry

Sworn in as the state's 47th governor on December 21, 2000, Rick Perry was elected to a four-year term November 5, 2002 and re-elected November 7, 2006.

A fifth-generation Texan, Governor Rick Perry has taken an extraordinary Texas journey, from a tenant farm in the rolling West Texas plains to the governor's office of our nation's second largest state.

Texas' 47th governor, and the first Texas A&M graduate to occupy the Governor's Mansion, Rick Perry has led a life of public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing over two decades in elected office.

Governor Perry's administration has focused on creating a Texas of unlimited opportunity and prosperity by improving education, securing the border and increasing economic development through classical conservative values. Under Governor Perry's leadership, lawmakers recently passed a $153 bilion budget, financing:

*a $3 billion cancer research fund
*a health opportunity pool that will help more Texans buy private health insurance
*more college financial aid
*a new incentive program for colleges and junior colleges
*$100 million to border security

Additionally, Governor Perry signed a school finance reform package that provides a 33 percent school property tax reduction, $2,000 pay raise for teachers, record funding for classrooms and a reformed business tax.

Governor Perry also signed the nation's most sweeping lawsuit reforms, which stand as a national model for addressing skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates. Many hospitals and doctors subsequently experienced insurance savings, obstetricians and specialists are returning to practice in previously high-risk areas and physicians from across the country are moving to Texas to practice medicine.

Starting with his election as lieutenant governor in 1999, Rick Perry has worked to build a stronger safety net for the poorest of the poor. The number of children with health insurance under Medicaid and CHIP has more than doubled since 1999. He is also working to expand opportunities for the private sector to offer health insurance, and signed legislation allowing small businesses to pool together to offer affordable health insurance policies.

Additionally, the governor has proposed the most visionary transportation plan in the nation-the Trans Texas Corridor-which provides thousands of miles of new roads and rail lines, and room for petroleum, electric and water lines and broadband technology. This proposal, along with new renewable energy requirements and emissions reduction legislation will help clean the air in urban areas.

Rick Perry's political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry, served as a Haskell County Commissioner, a school board member and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Governor Perry served in the United States Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

He is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a junior and senior yell leader and an animal science major. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry's two children, Governor Perry is an Eagle Scout and lifetime member of American Legion Post #75.

He first met Anita Thigpen at a piano recital during their elementary school years. They married in 1982 and are the proud parents of two grown children-Griffin and Sydney.



JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
06/28/2013-07/01/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 3.0) 50.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 2.0)
01/21/2012-01/24/2012 Blum & Weprin Associates 40.00% ( 4.0) 40.00% ( 2.0) 20.00% ( 3.0)
01/12/2012-01/15/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 42.00% ( 3.0) 51.00% ( 3.0) 7.00% ( 1.0)
09/15/2011-09/18/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 3.0) 48.00% ( 2.0) 6.00% ( 3.0)
05/24/2011-05/31/2011 Texas Lyceum 54.00% ( 0.0) 44.00% ( 0.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)
01/14/2011-01/16/2011 Public Policy Polling (D) 42.00% ( 3.0) 50.00% ( 5.0) 9.00% ( 1.0)
10/26/2010-10/28/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 0.0) 10.00% ( 0.0)
09/22/2010-09/22/2010 Rasmussen Reports 52.00% ( 3.0) 48.00% ( 3.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
09/15/2010-09/22/2010 Blum & Weprin Associates 44.00% ( 3.0) 38.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 2.0)
08/22/2010-08/22/2010 Rasmussen Reports 55.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 1.0) 0.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
09/11/2012-09/13/2012 FrederickPolls 49.00% ( 0.0) 47.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
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EVENTS
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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jan 24, 2014 09:20am News Rick Perry mulls decriminalizing pot  Article IndyGeorgia 
Apr 04, 2013 05:00am Statement Rick Perry on why North Korea targets Texas  Article Jason 
Apr 01, 2013 01:00pm News Rick Perry: W.H. holding states 'hostage' with Medicaid expansion  Article Brandon 
Oct 23, 2012 04:00pm News 4th bankruptcy in Rick Perry's tech fund adds to total losses   Article DFWDem 
Apr 02, 2012 03:35pm Scandal Book claims painkillers were behind Perry’s odd campaign trail behavior  Article Craverguy 
Jan 26, 2012 09:00am General Perry’s job approval plunges after failed presidential run, News poll shows  Article DFWDem 

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RACES
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  01/03/2012 US President - D Primary Lost 0.00% (-90.86%)
  01/03/2012 US President - R Primary Lost 0.29% (-51.74%)
  08/13/2011 Iowa GOP Presidential Straw Poll Lost 4.26% (-24.38%)
  11/02/2010 TX Governor Won 54.97% (+12.67%)
  03/02/2010 TX Governor - R Primary Won 51.15% (+20.83%)
  11/07/2006 TX Governor Won 39.03% (+9.24%)
  03/07/2006 TX Governor - R Primary Won 84.24% (+76.60%)
  11/05/2002 TX Governor Won 57.81% (+17.85%)
  03/12/2002 TX Governor - R Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/21/2000 TX Governor - Succession Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1998 TX Lt. Governor Won 50.05% (+1.85%)
  11/08/1994 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won 61.93% (+25.94%)
  11/06/1990 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won 49.10% (+1.17%)
  04/10/1990 TX Agriculture Commissioner - R Runoff Won 68.76% (+37.51%)
  03/13/1990 TX Agriculture Commissioner - R Primary Won 47.19% (+16.99%)
  09/29/1989 TX State House 064 - Party Switch Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/1988 TX State House 064 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/1986 TX State House 064 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/1984 TX State House 064 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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CO Governor - R Primary - Aug 10, 2010 R Scott McInnis
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OH Governor - R Primary - May 02, 2006 R J. Kenneth "Ken" Blackwell
TX District 17 - R Primary - Mar 07, 2006 R Van Taylor
TX - District 10 - R Runoff - Apr 13, 2004 R Michael McCaul
TX - District 25 - R Primary - Mar 09, 2004 R Rebecca "Becky" Armendariz Klein
TX Railroad Commissioner - R Primary - Mar 09, 2004 R Victor G. Carrillo
TX State Senate 01 - Special Primary - Jan 20, 2004 R Kevin Eltife
Houston Mayor - Runoff - Dec 06, 2003 R Orlando Sanchez
TX US President - D Primary - Mar 08, 1988 D Al Gore
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