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.

Texas declared disaster area

AUSTIN, Texas, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush Thursday issued a disaster declaration for parts of Texas slammed by Hurricane Dolly.

Arson suspected in governor's mansion fire

AUSTIN, Texas, June 8 (UPI) -- Fire investigators suspect arson in a blaze that gutted the 152-year-old Texas governor's mansion in Austin, Texas, Sunday, an official said.

Hutchison moves toward governor's race

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has taken what appeared to be another step toward running for governor in 2010, the Dallas Morning News says.
Governor waits five days for raid briefing

Governor waits five days for raid briefing

DALLAS, June 4 (UPI) -- Documents indicate Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not receive a full briefing about the raid on a polygamist ranch until five days after it took place.
Legislators considering ethanol rollback

Legislators considering ethanol rollback

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Washington legislators are reconsidering federal mandates on ethanol production that has been linked to rising food costs, various lawmakers said.

Food and fuel prices linked, experts say

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The increased use of corn for ethanol production has linked the economies of food and fuel, neither of which are dropping in price, policy experts said.

Gov. Perry seeks ethanol waiver

AUSTIN, Texas, April 27 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking a waiver on a federal ethanol mandate.

Perry praises ruling on lethal injections

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld lethal injections and cleared the way for 36 states to resume executions.

StarVision Technologies awarded Texas ETF

HOUSTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced aerospace research company StarVision Technologies Inc. has received a Texas Emerging Technology Fund award.

Judge upholds Texas 'moment of silence'

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal judge upheld Texas' required moment of silence at the beginning of each school day.
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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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