He has one older sister. Perry's ancestry is almost entirely English, dating as far back as the original Thirteen Colonies. His family has been in Texas since before the Texas Revolution. Perry has said that his interest in politics probably began in November , when his father took him to the funeral of U.
In a interview, he said that "I was probably a bit of a free spirit, not particularly structured real well for life outside of a military regime, I would have not lasted at Texas Tech or the University of Texas.
I would have hit the fraternity scene and lasted about one semester. Oldham taught legions of young people to communicate quickly, clearly and with passion, a lesson that has served me well in my life since then. His missions included a U. State Department drought relief effort in Mali , Mauritania and Chad , and two years later, earthquake relief in Guatemala.
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 of Austin , a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry's reelection bid in Perry was part of the "Pit Bulls", a group of Appropriations members who sat on the lower dais in the committee room or "pit" who pushed for austere state budgets during the s.
Karl Rove was Perry's campaign manager. Three aides were convicted in of using public funds for political fundraising, although Hightower himself was not found to be involved in the wrongdoings. Garland received the remaining 85, votes 2 percent.
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. Libertarian Anthony Garcia polled another 65, votes 1. Governor of Texas[ edit ] Main article: Port Arthur suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Rita.
Perry assumed the office of governor on December 21, , following the resignation of George W. Bush —who was preparing to become President of the United States.
He tapped the state Republican chairman Susan Weddington , who stepped down from that position after six years, as the president of OneStar. She left in , and he chose Elizabeth Seale as her successor. The efficacy of Perry's economic policies has been questioned by some sources. In , Perry refused to promise not to raise taxes as governor, and in the following years did propose or approve various tax and debt increases. The New York Times reported that many of the companies receiving grants, or their chief executives, have made contributions to Perry's campaigns or to the Republican Governors Association.
Healthcare[ edit ] Governor Perry speaking at the Houston Technology Center in As governor, Perry was an opponent of federal health-care reform proposals and of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , describing the latter as "socialism on American soil". Perry and the state legislature cut Medicaid spending. His spokeswoman stated that "Texas does provide an adequate safety net to those truly in need The next day he clarified that he would allow an exception for abortions that would save a mother's life.
He and his family were members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin until , when they began attending Lake Hills Church,  a non-denominational evangelical megachurch in western Travis County. Perry told the Austin American-Statesman that he began attending Lake Hills because it was close to the rental home where he and his wife lived while the Governor's Mansion was being renovated. A couple of days later, he clarified, "I don't know that there's any human being that has the ability to interpret what God and his final decision-making is going to be.
I don't believe government, which taxes people regardless of their faith, should espouse a specific faith. I also don't think we should allow a small minority of atheists to sanitize our civil dialogue of religious references. It also required the undocumented students to pledge to apply for permanent residency or citizenship if this became a possibility for them.
Perry stated during a debate his continuous support for the program. Supreme Court struck down the statute in Lawrence v. Texas , determining that it violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In his book, Perry referenced the Lawrence decision, writing "Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes. I don't know what a lot of legal cases involve I don't need a federal law case to explain it to me.
Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges in that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Constitution, Perry condemned the decision, saying: He has supported block grants for crime programs. Blackburn, chief counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas , said of Perry that "He has done more good than any other governor we've ever had On the death penalty , Rick Perry has a profound mental block.
Capital punishment in Texas Perry supports the death penalty. Foster was convicted under a Texas law that makes co-conspirators liable in certain cases of homicide. In this case, it tied Foster to the triggerman. Perry raised doubts about the law and urged the legislature to re-examine the issue. Perry called Willingham a "monster" and later replaced the chairman of the Science Commission.
Plans for the project were dropped in in favor of more incremental road projects. President Barack Obama , saying that the surge was "a humanitarian crisis that he has the ability to stop. The second charge, which has also since been ruled unconstitutional,  was coercion of a public servant,  for seeking the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg , a Democrat,  after she was convicted of drunk driving , and incarcerated.
Perry pleaded not guilty to both charges. Perry's supporters called the charges political and partisan,  and several Democratic commentators, including David Axelrod , Matthew Yglesias , and Jonathan Chait stated they believed the charges were either weak or unwarranted.
Political positions of Rick Perry and United States presidential election, By the end of his third full term, he had served more than 14 consecutive years in office. Rick Perry presidential campaign, Perry campaigning at the Iowa State Fair, August 14, Perry was considered as a potential candidate since as early as the presidential election , initially denying he was interested in the office but later becoming more open-minded.
He formally launched his campaign on August 13, , in Charleston, South Carolina. Rick Perry presidential campaign, Rick Perry speaking at First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire Almost immediately following the election, Perry was mentioned as a potential candidate for the presidency in the presidential election , with a Time magazine article in July saying that "everything is aligned for Rick Perry to be the Republican nominee for president in In April , Perry ordered a study of the U.
United States Senate election in Texas, Perry has been mentioned as a possible challenger, in , to U. Senator and fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz , whom Perry had initially endorsed after suspending his own campaign. People love him in Texas, and he was one great governor.