Rick Perry

229-1James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American politician who served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998

Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he was the only governor in modern Texas history[when?][further explanation needed] 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 was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and is the fourth Texas governor (after Allan Shivers, Price Daniel and John Connally) to serve three terms. With a tenure in office of 14 years, 30 days, Perry was, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current U.S. governor (after Terry Branstad of Iowa). Perry served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011.[3] In July 2013, Perry announced that he was retiring as governor and would not seek re-election in 2014.[4] On August 15, 2014, Perry was indicted on two felony charges related to his actions as governor. The charge against Perry of "coercion of a public servant" was dismissed in July 2015 when an appellate court ruled the statute unconstitutional. As of November 2015, Perry still faces one charge of "abuse of official capacity" in relation to his veto of funding for a state district attorney's office.[5][6][7][8] On June 4, 2015, Perry launched his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but after poor performance in polling after the first debate, he suspended his campaign, withdrawing on September 11, 2015, the first in the field to exit.Early life[edit]

Perry is also a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and won their Gold Good Citizenship Medal.[180] Perry's son, Griffin, married Meredith Lewis on December 19, 2009. On June 20, 2013, Griffin and Meredith's first child was born, making Perry a grandfather.[181] Electoral history[edit] Texas gubernatorial election, 2002
Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    Rick Perry (incumbent)    2,617,106    58
Democratic    Tony Sanchez    1,809,915    40
Texas gubernatorial election, 2006[182] Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    Rick Perry (incumbent)    1,716,792    39
Democratic    Chris Bell    1,310,337    30
Independent    Carole Keeton Strayhorn    796,851    18
Independent    Richard "Kinky" Friedman    547,674    12
Libertarian    James Werner    26,749    <1
Texas gubernatorial election, 2010[183] Party    Candidate    Votes    %
Republican    Rick Perry (incumbent)    2,733,784    55
Democratic    Bill White    2,102,606    42
Libertarian    Kathie Glass    109,057    2
Green    Deb Shafto    19,475    0
Independent    Andy Barron (write-in)    7,973    0

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