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Rick Perry (James Richard Perry)

Rick Perry, American Governor of Texas. Named Man of Year in Texas Agriculture, Texas County Agriculture Agents Association, 1990; named an Outstanding Tex Leader, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, 1996; named one of Most Effective Legislators, Dallas Morning News, 1989; recipient Distinguished Eagle Scout award, Boy Scouts America, 1992, Gerald W Thomas Agriculturist award.


  • Perry, Rick was born on March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, Texas, United States. Son of Joseph Ray and Amelia June (Holt) Perry.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1972.


    • Farmer/rancher; member District 64 Texas House of Representatives, 1985-1990. Texas agriculture commissioner, 1991-1998. Lieutenant governor State of Texas, Austin, 1999-2000, governor, since 2000.

      Chairman Republican Governors Association, 2007—2008, finance chairman, since 2008. Captain United States Air Force, 1972-1977.


    • Author: On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For, 2008, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, 2010.


    The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, the power of evil in the world is broken.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The very idea that one gender is superior to another should be rejected as well as the erroneous notion that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.


    Member of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Firemen & Fire Marshals Association (life), National Future Farmers of America Alumni Association, American Legion.


    • Married Anita Thigpen, 1982. Children: Griffin, Sydney.
    • father: Joseph Ray Perry
    • mother: Amelia June (Holt) Perry
    • spouse: Anita Thigpen
    • children: Griffin Perry
    • Sydney Perry
    Rick Perry
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    Born March 4, 1950
    (age 67)