Veto threat halts death penalty change

AUSTIN, Texas, May 22 (UPI) -- A Texas lawmaker says he had to amend a death penalty measure that would have prohibited execution for defendants who didn't kill anyone.

Killer executed despite mental status

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 1 (UPI) -- Texas executed a condemned killer despite questions over whether he was mentally retarded, officials said.

Funds 'cut' for Texas governor's office

AUSTIN, Texas, April 18 (UPI) -- Texas lawmakers voted to cut virtually all of Gov. Rick Perry's office budget over his secessionist talk, but officials say the money will likely be restored.

Perry opposed to extending worker payments

HOUSTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he will fight efforts to expand unemployment benefits to Texans looking for part-time work.
Perry concerned about federal stimulus aid

Perry concerned about federal stimulus aid

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is concerned if his state accepts its full share of the federal stimulus package, the aid may disrupt the state's future.

Texas 'bathtub killer' to be executed

DALLAS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The Texas man convicted in a 1996 case in Arlington known as the bathtub murders is to be executed.

3 governors visit troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Three U.S. governors, Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Christine Gregoire of Washington and Rick Perry of Texas, were in Iraq meeting soldiers Tuesday.
Hutchison slams Texas GOP leadership

Hutchison slams Texas GOP leadership

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, says the Republican Party leadership in Texas is lacking and requires immediate change.
Hutchison considers run for governor

Hutchison considers run for governor

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, took aim at Gov. Rick Perry, filing Thursday to create an exploratory committee for a possible run against him in 2010.

Texas governor wants better inmate screen

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has demanded the federal government improve screening of jail inmates to prevent those in the country illegally from being freed.

GOP governors group elects board

MIAMI, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was elected Republican Governors Board chairman Friday during the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami.

Crooked guard gave Texas inmate cell phone

HOUSTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered a statewide prison lockdown after allegations surfaced that a guard had been bribed to smuggle cell phones on to death row.

Ike blamed for 9 U.S. deaths

GALVESTON, Texas, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Emergency crews Sunday were checking up on thousands of people in Texas who refused to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike, authorities said.
Governor urged to stay execution

Governor urged to stay execution

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been urged to grant a temporary reprieve to a death row inmate who claims his judge and prosecutor had an affair.

EPA won't reduce ethanol requirement

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency refused Thursday to reduce its quota for ethanol use from 9 billion gallons this year and 11 billion gallons in 2009.
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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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