Who Is Rick Perry?

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Early Life

Born on March 4, 1950 in a small Texas community, Rick Perry is a former Democrat turned Republican political leader. His parents were ranchers. His father, Joseph Ray Perry, also served as the Haskell County commissioner for years, so Perry learned politics at home. His leadership abilities grew in his youth. He was a Scout and eventually earned the highest ranking of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Texas A&M University, where he was one of the yell leaders and was known for numerous pranks.

Distinctive Professions

He achieved a commission in the Air Force by joining Corps of Cadets in his college life and completed pilot training. Until 1977, he flew C-130 tactical airlift. He became a Captain in the Air Force before retiring from the army. He returned to Texas to join his father in the business of cotton farming. Apart from politics, Perry actually worked as a salesman, Air Force officer, and cotton farmer.

Political Career                          

As a politician, his first ever success was in the Texas House of Representatives election in 1984. He served as a Representative in the House for six years as a Democrat. Active Democratic politician Perry chaired Democratic nominee Al Gore’s presidential campaign in Texas. He surprisingly switched to the Republican Party in 1989 and challenged incumbent Democratic agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower, and served until 1998, when he become lieutenant governor of Texas.

Longest Served USA Governor

Perry became the Governor of Texas in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned to become U.S. President. He was elected as the Governor of Texas in 2002, and served three terms to pose a national record as the longest-serving Governor of any U.S. state.

Campaign for President Nomination

Perry announced his presidential ambition for the 2012 election in April 2011. The race for the presidential nomination was inflexible for Perry. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney posed a great challenge.  Perry lagged behind in the race, especially because of his poor debate performances; he finally announced the “strategic retreat” (withdrawal) of his nomination in support of "conservative visionary" Newt Gingrich.

Second Race for Presidential Election

Perry announced his presidential ambition for 2016 in June 2015.  In a Dallas suburb, he said, “We are just a few good decisions away from unleashing economic growth, and reviving the American dream.” Pointing to his Texas tenure, Perry reaffirmed his competence by saying, “It can be done because it has been done — in Texas.”

Rick Perry for Black Voters

Rick Perry recently advised his fellow Republicans to attract black voters. In a speech, Perry said, "I am here to tell you that it is Republicans, not Democrats, who are truly offering black Americans the hope of a better life for themselves and their children."

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