Rick Perry

Politician

Rick Perry was born in Paint Creek, Texas, United States on March 4th, 1950 and is the Politician. At the age of 72, Rick Perry biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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Date of Birth
March 4, 1950
Nationality
United States
Place of Birth
Paint Creek, Texas, United States
Age
72 years old
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
Networth
$3 Million
Profession
Farmer, Military Officer, Politician
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Education
Texas A&M University (BS)
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Anita Thigpen ​(m. 1982)​
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2
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Rick Perry Career

In 1984, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from district 64, which included his home county of Haskell. He served on the House Appropriations and Calendars committees during his three two-year terms in office. He befriended fellow freshman state representative Lena Guerrero, a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry's reelection bid in 2006.

Perry was part of the "Pit Bulls", a group of Appropriations members who sat on the lower dais in the committee room ("the pit") who pushed for austere state budgets during the 1980s. At one point, The Dallas Morning News named him one of the ten most effective members of the legislature.

In 1987, Perry voted for a $5.7 billion tax increase proposed by Republican Governor Bill Clements. Perry supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and worked for Gore's campaign in Texas. On September 29, 1989, Perry announced that he was switching parties, becoming a Republican. On a guest appearance on Fox show Hannity, he partially credits Reagan as part of the reason he became a Republican, also stating he switched political parties sooner in his life than Reagan.

In 1990, as a newly minted Republican, Perry challenged Jim Hightower, the incumbent Democratic Agriculture Commissioner. Karl Rove was Perry's campaign manager.

In the Republican primary on March 13, 1990, Perry polled 276,558 votes (47%), with Richard McIver garnering 176,976 votes (30%) and Gene L. Duke, who placed third, polling 132,497 votes (23%). Since Perry fell shy of the necessary 50% to win outright, a runoff was held between Perry and McIver set on April 10, 1990. In the runoff, he emerged victorious, garnering 96,649 votes (69%) to McIver's 43,921 votes (31%).

During 1990, Hightower's office was embroiled in an FBI investigation into corruption and bribery. Three aides were convicted in 1993 of using public funds for political fundraising, although Hightower himself was not found to be involved in the wrongdoings. Perry narrowly defeated Hightower in November 1990, garnering 1,864,463 votes (49%) to Hightower's 1,820,145 votes (48%).

Rove raised $3 million to raise Perry's profile, "while tarnishing the name of Jim Hightower" resulting in Perry's name becoming a "household name in Texas—and Hightower's name synonymous with corruption".

As Agriculture Commissioner, Perry was responsible for promoting the sale of Texas farm produce to other states and foreign nations, and for supervising the calibration of weights and measures, such as gasoline pumps and grocery store scales.

In April 1993, Perry, while serving as Texas agriculture commissioner, expressed support for the effort to reform the nation's healthcare, describing it as "most commendable". The healthcare plan, first revealed in September, was ultimately unsuccessful due to Republican congressional opposition. In 2005, after being questioned on the issue by a potential opponent in the Republican governor primary, Perry said he expressed his support only in order to get Clinton to pay more attention to rural healthcare.

In 1994, Perry was reelected Agriculture Commissioner by a large margin, getting 2,546,287 votes (62 percent) to Democrat Marvin Gregory's 1,479,692 (36 percent). Libertarian Clyde L. Garland received the remaining 85,836 votes (2 percent). Gregory, a chicken farmer from Sulphur Springs, Texas, was on the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority with Perry in the early nineties as a Republican, but became a Democrat before running against Perry in 1994.

In 1998, Perry ran for lieutenant governor. During this election, Perry had a notable falling out with his previous top political strategist Karl Rove, which began the much-reported rivalry between the Bush and Perry camps. Perry polled 1,858,837 votes (50.04 percent) to the 1,790,106 (48.19 percent) cast for Democrat John Sharp. Perry became the state's first Republican lieutenant governor since Reconstruction, taking office on January 19, 1999.

Career outside politics

In February 2015, Perry announced that he would join the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, which owns and operates one of the largest energy asset portfolios in the United States, and Sunoco Partners, another major Dallas energy company. According to SEC filings, Perry resigned from the boards of both companies on December 31, 2016. In early January 2020, Perry joined the board of LE GP, general partner of Energy Transfer. In February 2020, Perry rejoined MCNA Dental's board of directors as chief strategy officer and vice chairman.

On August 30, 2016, Perry was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with professional dancer Emma Slater. Perry and Slater were eliminated on the third week of competition and finished in 12th place out of 13 competitors.

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Texas death row inmate Wesley Ruiz says 'I'm ready to ride' before being executed for killing a cop

www.dailymail.co.uk, February 2, 2023
A Texas death row inmate who fatally shot a Dallas police officer following a high-speed chase 16 years ago has been executed hoping his death will bring the victim's family closure. Wesley Ruiz, 43, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, for the March 2007 killing of Dallas Police Senior Corporal Mark Nix, 33. Ruiz was denied a final meal request, eating what was readily available at the prison on the day and in his final words made an apology to the victim's family before telling the warden 'I'm ready to fly, I'm ready to ride.'

Texas handing out ID cards to K-8 students to help easily identify them in case of an emergency

www.dailymail.co.uk, October 18, 2022
Public school districts across Texas have begun handing out identification kits to students just months after 19 kids were killed inside an elementary school in the Lone Star State. The new program stems from a bill signed into law before the horrors that had unfolded inside Robb Elementary School in May, but some parents say they still feel grim about the idea. The kits include a fingerprint, a spot for saliva, and a place to have a physical description of their child. Parents are meant to hold onto the card and give it to law enforcement in case of an emergency like a shooting or if a child goes missing.

Rudy Giuliani admitted he 'got nothing' in his efforts to dig up dirt on Biden, new book reveals

www.dailymail.co.uk, September 13, 2022
Bumbling Rudy Giuliani sheepishly admitted that he 'got nothing' from his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine after teaming up with a suspected Russian agent in a bid to smear Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential race, a new book reveals. The former president's personal attorney made the confession in a text message to Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate who would later be jailed for campaign finance violations, journalist Andrew Kirtzman reveals in new biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor. Giuliani confessed that claims against the Bidens were 'very weak' and 'not consistent with the facts', despite daily calls from Trump who became 'obsessed' with them.
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