Friedman vows to stay on Texas ballot

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Independent Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman has dismissed an appeal from his Democratic rival to quit the race, saying he's in it to win.

Richards lies in state at Texas capitol

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Laughter and tears marked the return of the body of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards to Austin to lie in state at the Texas Capitol. Former President Bill Clinton led a private ceremony in the Rotunda, where the popular politician lay in state Sunday, the A

Special election set for DeLay's seat

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry scheduled a special election to fill Tom DeLay's former congressional seat, setting it on Nov. 7, the same day as the general election.

Motel sued for overcharging refugees

WACO, Texas, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A motel owner in Waco, Texas, allegedly exploited Hurricane Rita by charging double the normal rates to people who fled their homes.

Two independents in Texas governor's race

AUSTIN, Texas, June 23 (UPI) -- A musician turned novelist and a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned independent are the first independents since Sam Houston to run for Texas governor.

Songwriter makes bid for governor

AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 (UPI) -- Kinky Friedman's campaign says it has submitted far more than the needed voter signatures to let the author and songwriter run for Texas governor in November.

Texas to name an emergency response leader

AUSTIN, Texas, April 22 (UPI) -- Texas officials are close to selecting a single commander to lead a regional response to catastrophes, including hurricanes.

Texas seeks consensus on school funding

AUSTIN, Texas, April 9 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a plan to tax business and cigarettes to fund public schools, but needs support of the lieutenant governor and the House speaker.

Texas Democrat: DeLay should resign

SUGAR LAND, Texas, April 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Texas, has called on Tom DeLay to resign from Congress immediately and for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to call a special election.

Oklahoma threatened by Texas grass fires

LUBBOCK, Texas, March 16 (UPI) -- Wind-driven grass fires in the Texas Panhandle were moving north and northeast Thursday, prompting officials to warn Oklahoma to be prepared.

Texas grass fires now biggest in history

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 15 (UPI) -- Grass fires in the Texas Panhandle had consumed some 900,000 acres by Wednesday and killed 11 people in the state's worst outbreak in recorded history.

Grassfires spread in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Spreading wildfires in Oklahoma prompted the governor Sunday to ask the White House to declare the state a disaster area.

Texas, Calif. govs wager on Rose Bowl

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The governors of California and Texas have a friendly bet on the outcome of next week's Rose Bowl game.

Texas town devastated by grassfire

CROSS PLAINS, Texas, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Texas town of Cross Plains was a smoldering ruin Thursday after a wind-driven grassfire swept through, killing two women and countless cattle.

2 dead, 3 missing in Texas wildfires

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Two people are dead and three more were missing southeast of Abilene, Texas, as wildfires ravaged parts of the Lone Star State, a media report says.
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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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