Texas schools opt out of Race to the Top

HOUSTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry says Texas will not compete in Race to the Top, a move that could cost the state as much as $100 per student in federal education aid.

George H.W. Bush opens new war museum

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Former President George H.W. Bush, his wife Barbara and Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut the ribbon on the expansion of a national war museum in Texas.

Texas executes accomplice to killing

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Texas man was put to death Thursday evening for his part in a deadly 1996 robbery after Gov. Rick Perry refused to follow a recommendation for clemency.
Hutchison won't resign Senate seat soon

Hutchison won't resign Senate seat soon

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Kay Bailey Hutchison said Friday she will keep her U.S. Senate seat for now while running for governor of Texas.

Hoping for clemency on Texas' death row

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Texas death row prisoner says he is hoping to avoid execution this week but he doubts Gov. Rick Perry will grant him clemency.

Perry has never granted execution clemency

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has never called off an execution based on a claim of innocence and has only once delayed an execution in such cases, documents indicate.
Non-Texans to Perry: Please secede

Non-Texans to Perry: Please secede

DALLAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- While the idea of Texas seceding from the United States has sparked a debate in the state, many elsewhere are saying "good riddance," letters indicate.

Perry replaces 4th forensics board member

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has replaced another member of the state board investigating allegations an innocent man was executed.

Perry move delays death penalty probe

HOUSTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday named two new members to a panel investigating whether Texas executed an innocent man, a move that delayed the inquiry.

Report: Gov. Perry paying volunteers

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is paying volunteers to sign up other activists and get voters to the polls, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

Texas governor defends disputed execution

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the 2004 execution of a man for killing his daughters in a house fire was justified despite disputes over evidence of arson.

Local officials criticize Perry border plan

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Local officials in the Rio Grande Valley are not happy with Gov. Rick Perry's plan to deploy Texas Rangers along the Mexican border.

Texas governor prepares for more floods

JARRELL, Texas, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has activated search and rescue teams to assist flooding victims in the state.

Texas opts out of U.S. school standards

AUSTIN, Texas, June 24 (UPI) -- Texas has become the fourth state to reject voluntary national standards for the teaching of English and math in public schools.
Perry breaks collarbone in bike mishap

Perry breaks collarbone in bike mishap

AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 (UPI) -- Activities for Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday were canceled after Perry broke his right collarbone in a mountain biking accident, his office said.
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Rick Perry
Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry encourages his supporters at a campaign rally on January 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa. Iowa holds their first-in-the-nation caucus for the 2012 election on Tuesday. UPI/Brian Kersey

James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. A Republican, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010. With a tenure in office to date of &1000000000000001000000010 years, &10000000000000271000000271 days, Perry is the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor, and the second longest serving current U.S. governor after Terry Branstad of Iowa.

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history 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 won the Texas 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina. In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won a third term by defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass. On August 13, 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election.

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