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  Perry, Rick
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NameRick Perry
Austin, Texas 78711, United States
Born March 04, 1950 (69 years)
Last ModifedRob Ritchie
Aug 06, 2018 12:41pm
Tags Conservative - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Internationalist - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro Sugar Subsidies - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Tort Reform - Married - U.S. Air Force - Methodist - Disputed - Straight -
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.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/01/2014-10/02/2014 Rasmussen Reports 59.00% ( 7.0) 38.00% ( 10.0) 3.00% ( 2.0)
09/11/2014-09/25/2014 Texas Lyceum 55.00% ( 1.0) 37.00% ( 7.0) 8.00% ( 5.0)
06/28/2013-07/01/2013 Public Policy Polling 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 42.00% ( 3.0) 51.00% ( 3.0) 7.00% ( 1.0)
09/15/2011-09/18/2011 Public Policy Polling 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 42.00% ( 3.0) 50.00% ( 5.0) 9.00% ( 1.0)
10/26/2010-10/28/2010 Public Policy Polling 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)
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
09/11/2012-09/13/2012 FrederickPolls 49.00% ( 0.0) 47.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 07, 2019 10:00am News Energy Secretary Rick Perry Says He’s Not Resigning  Article Bojicat 
Oct 05, 2019 04:00pm Strategy Trump pins Ukraine call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry  Article RP 
Nov 02, 2017 12:55pm Speech Rick Perry Suggests Fossil Fuels Could Prevent Sexual Assault In South Africa  Article RP 
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 Brandonius Maximus 
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 
Jan 22, 2012 10:05am General Inside Perry’s Campaign: "Some Count It Among The Worst Experiences Of Their Careers"  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jan 17, 2012 05:00pm Blog Entry Rick Perry's stupidity causes diplomatic incident  Article COSDem 
Jan 07, 2012 06:00pm Statement Perry: Go back to Iraq  Article Jason 
Dec 28, 2011 09:15am General 'Transformation': Perry now opposes all abortion, even in rape or incest cases  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Dec 16, 2011 01:00pm Strategy Perry "Retires" to Boost Pension Pay  Article RP 
Nov 17, 2011 10:00am News Perry Challenges Pelosi to Debate  Article John 
Oct 31, 2011 06:25pm General Rick Perry NH speech goes viral  Article AJ 
Oct 11, 2011 11:35pm News Rick Perry Mixes Up Dates of American Revolution  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Oct 07, 2011 02:00pm News Pastor Calling Mormonism A Cult Says Perry Welcomed His Endorsement  Article RBH 
Oct 02, 2011 12:00am News At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered  Article RBH 
Sep 22, 2011 06:15pm Advertisement Larry Flynt puts up $1 million for Perry dirt  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Sep 16, 2011 05:30pm Opinion Rick Perry Is George W. Bush 2.0  Article COSDem 
Sep 09, 2011 12:00am Oops Rick Perry sex scandal!  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Sep 08, 2011 05:00pm Editorial Rick Perry's Galileo Metaphor Is Totally Backwards  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Sep 01, 2011 10:00pm General Perry Proposed A Bi-National Health Insurance Plan With Mexico In 2001  Article RP 
Sep 01, 2011 06:00pm Interview The Great Campaigner; Interviews with former opponents of Rick Perry  Article RBH 
Aug 31, 2011 10:35am Amusing Outlines of 'HillaryCare' were known before Perry wrote letter praising reform effort  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Aug 25, 2011 11:25am General Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme   Article RP 
Aug 20, 2011 11:00pm News Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 20, 2011 11:00pm News Perry Mines Texas System to Raise Cash  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 19, 2011 05:00am Blog Entry Perry once invested in company that profited from porn  Article Jason 
Aug 17, 2011 11:00am General Perry and the Stimulus: It's Complicated  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 16, 2011 03:00pm News Rick Perry reverses himself, calls HPV vaccine mandate a ‘mistake’  Article Monsieur 
Aug 16, 2011 01:00pm Blog Entry Rick Perry’s Hardcore History of Investment in Porn  Article Hikikomori Blitzkrieg! 
Aug 16, 2011 12:20pm News Perry brushes off Bush comparisons  Article RBH 
Aug 16, 2011 12:55am Commentary The sad facts behind Rick Perry’s Texas miracle  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 14, 2011 04:00pm News Perry welcomed Chinese firm despite security concern  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 14, 2011 06:00am Blog Entry Perry pushes for higher taxes  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 09, 2011 02:00am Opinion If Rick Perry is seriously a presidential front-runner there's something wrong with all of us  Article COSDem 
Aug 05, 2011 10:55am General Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds   Article Homegrown Democrat 
Jun 23, 2011 02:00pm General Perry Gets Tepid Response at Latino Convention  Article DFWDem 
Jun 23, 2011 12:00pm Commentary The Haunting of Rick Perry  Article Craverguy 
Jun 10, 2011 05:50am News Speculation grows about presidential run by Texas' Perry  Article ArmyDem 
Apr 21, 2011 04:00pm Strategy Gov. Perry: Pray for rain  Article Jason 
Feb 28, 2011 03:15pm General [TX] Governor Untweets Reporters  Article RP 
Jan 24, 2011 02:00am News Too obvious to write about?  Article TX DEM 
Nov 12, 2010 02:15pm News Rick Perry to lead Republican Governors Association  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Oct 18, 2010 06:00pm Analysis Rick Perry: The New Nixon  Article TX DEM 
Aug 09, 2010 02:30pm Statement Texas gov. asks for more troops  Article Jason 
Jul 25, 2010 10:00am News Murky land deals mark Gov. Rick Perry's past  Article TX DEM 
Jul 13, 2010 07:00am General Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll skip border governors meeting if it's moved out of Arizona  Article DFWDem 
May 26, 2010 02:00am General Big Texas Deficit Puts Governor in Tight Spot   Article Jason 
Apr 16, 2010 01:40am Analysis Don’t Mess With Texas: What Gov. Rick Perry's hard-right turn says about America in the age of Obama.  Article Jason 
Apr 12, 2010 09:00am General Perry: 2010 most important U.S. election ever  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Feb 08, 2010 01:45pm Blog Entry Perry & Palin, Sittin' In A Tree: Empty Seats, Bad Music And Lots Of Old White People  Article Servo 
Nov 12, 2009 09:00am General Gov. Rick Perry Encounters String Of Setbacks  Article DFWDem 
Oct 29, 2009 03:15pm General Perry's Secret Jerusalem Trip Raises Questions  Article DFWDem 
Oct 07, 2009 07:00am General Inquiry into flawed [TX] arson case that led to execution on hold  Article DFWDem 
Sep 30, 2009 02:00pm General Gov. Perry replaces head of agency investigating Texas arson findings  Article DFWDem 
Sep 23, 2009 02:00pm Blog Entry Gov. Perry cares about your hair  Article DFWDem 
Sep 20, 2009 01:05pm News Governor Rick Perry defends execution of Corsicana man some experts say was innocent  Article Servo 
Aug 12, 2009 09:40am General Gov. Rick Perry Claims Residence In 2 Places  Article DFWDem 
Jul 16, 2009 04:00pm General Texas Gov. Who Refused Stimulus Funds Asks for Loan  Article RP 
Jun 09, 2009 06:00pm General Perry breaks collarbone in bike accident  Article DFWDem 
Apr 27, 2009 11:00am Analysis Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes Washington money - when it's for his campaign  Article DFWDem 
Apr 08, 2009 09:00am General Republican lawmakers resisting Perry repeatedly  Article DFWDem 
Feb 18, 2009 05:00pm Statement Gov. Rick Perry's Certification of Stimulus Funds for Texas  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Dec 12, 2008 05:00am General Perry: Carbon Caps 'Disastrous' for Texas   Article Jason 
Dec 10, 2008 01:00pm General Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets suspicious letter  Article DFWDem 
Jul 01, 2008 10:50pm Scandal Perry request for EPA waiver tied to donation  Article RP 
Feb 09, 2008 11:00pm General Texas Gov. Perry Asks Huckabee To Drop Out  Article DFWDem 
Aug 27, 2007 12:50pm News Perry, not Blunt, to Chair RGA in 2008  Article Buddy 
May 10, 2007 06:00pm Study Research questions worth of (HPV) vaccine  Article kal 
May 01, 2007 10:00am General Allow concealed guns anywhere, governor [Perry] says  Article DFWDem 
Feb 13, 2007 09:25pm News Texas gov's son hired by consulting firm  Article The Sunset Provision 
Feb 07, 2007 04:00pm General Doctors say Perry's vaccine mandate for girls is premature  Article DFWDem 
Feb 05, 2007 12:35pm General Perry asked to rescind HPV vaccine order  Article DFWDem 
Feb 02, 2007 06:00pm General [TX Gov.] Perry orders anti-cancer vaccine for schoolgirls  Article DFWDem 
Jan 11, 2007 07:00pm News AP Interview: Perry says he's not interested in VP  Article Eric 
Dec 07, 2006 03:00pm General [TX Gov.] Perry: Idea of border fence 'preposterous'  Article DFWDem 
Aug 17, 2006 10:15am General Perry's top donors get business, appointments  Article DFWDem 
Jul 29, 2006 10:00pm News Perry campaign says "ASS" not best choice for check code  Article Servo 
Sep 08, 2005 12:00am General Perry criticized for pushing his own charity foundation  Article RP 
Aug 09, 2005 08:00am News Beneficiary of state grant has links to Perry[TX]  Article Joshua L. 
Jun 22, 2005 08:00am General [Gov.] Perry red-faced over off-color quip  Article DFWDem 
Jun 15, 2005 02:00pm News E-mail flood follows Perry's gay veteran comments  Article Ben 
Jun 09, 2005 01:00pm News Texas governor suggests gay veterans should leave state  Article COSDem 
Jun 09, 2005 01:00pm Commentary Re-electing Rick Perry seems to be religious obligation now  Article Servo 
Jun 05, 2005 03:00pm News Location of Bill-Signing Is Seen as Grounds for Protest in Texas  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Jun 01, 2005 09:00am News [Gov] Perry ponders special session to finish work on school financing  Article DFWDem 
May 12, 2005 09:00am Poll [TX] Poll shows [Governor] Perry slipping  Article ArmyDem 
Dec 03, 2004 12:00am News [Rick] Perry's D.C. visit raises some eyebrows  Article DFWDem 
Nov 14, 2004 12:00am Poll Perry approval ratings still low  Article Ben 
Sep 03, 2004 12:00am News [TX Gov. Rick] Perry's chief of staff resigns  Article DFWDem 
Jul 02, 2004 12:00am News Democrats study impeaching Perry  Article BILLYW 
May 19, 2004 12:00am News Texans grow less fond of governor  Article DFWDem 
May 16, 2004 12:00am News School finance buck stops with Perry, experts say  Article DFWDem 
Apr 23, 2004 12:00am News Panel probing Perry's `working retreat' trip to Bahamas  Article User 13 
Apr 21, 2004 12:00am News Perry: Strayhorn tries 'blowing up' session  Article DFWDem 
Mar 05, 2004 12:00am News Texas governor blames enemies for rumors  Article Mr. Techno 
Feb 26, 2004 12:00am Scandal The Real Sins of Gov. Perry  Article PragCon 3.0 
Feb 18, 2004 12:00am Scandal Update on Rumors about Gov. Perry: Two New Sources  Not Available Texas Democrat 06 
Feb 16, 2004 12:00am Scandal Rumors Say Gov. Perry Is Getting Divorced because of Alleged Adultery and Homosexuality  Article Texas Democrat 06 
Aug 27, 2003 12:00am News Perry's ratings at low point  Article DFWDem 
Aug 04, 2003 12:00am News Democrat calls Perry shame to Bush legacy  Article DFWDem 
Jun 02, 2003 04:48pm Statement Search in hospital reported - Legislator: Perry sent DPS to neonatal unit  Article RP 

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