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Republican James Richard 'Rick' Perry

Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Birth Place: Paint Creek, TX, United States
Residence: Austin, TX
Religion: Methodist
First Elected: 2000
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Party: Republican
State: Texas
Office: Governor
Status: Incumbent
Next Election: 2014

Official Phone Number: 512-463-1782

Education

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University

Degree: BS

Rick Perry was born in Paint Creek, Texas, and now lives in Austin. He graduated in 1972 from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets.

He served in the Air Force from graduation until 1977. He served in the Texas House from 1984 to 1990, was a state Department of Agriculture commissioner from 1990 to 1998, and lieutenant governor from 1999 to 2000.

Perry became governor in 2000 after George W. Bush won the presidency. He was elected to his first full term in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

He ran unsuccessfully for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Perry and his wife, Anita, have two children.

Profile

Rick Perry, who succeeded George W. Bush as governor and won re-election in 2010 to a third full-term, is Texas' longest-serving governor.

Perry has spoken out against President Barack Obama and members of Congress for their economic stimulus spending and the 2010 federal health care reform bill.

Though he accepted most of the billions of dollars in federal stimulus money slated for Texas _ money that helped Texas balance its 2009 budget _ in March 2009 Perry formally rejected $555 million that would aid the state's struggling unemployment fund. Perry said the money would come with strings attached and force Texas to make long-term, expensive changes to its unemployment laws that would remain after the stimulus money ran out.

Early in his tenure as governor, Perry embraced education as his top issue. As the state has faced ever growing budget deficits, however, he has come to criticize public school administrators, and he signed a bill that reduced education funding by $4 billion.

Perry has repeatedly persuaded the Legislature to fund job-creation accounts that he uses for bringing businesses to Texas. He said aggressive attempts to attract companies and new jobs is one reason Texas didn't find itself, like many other states, in a dire economic situation when the recession hit.

Despite endorsing moderate Republican Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008, for which he drew heavy criticism from social conservatives, Perry still enjoys conservative support in this decidedly Republican state. Perry opposes embryonic stem cell research and abortion, in most cases.

In 2010, he toyed with the idea of pulling Texas out of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care for low-income people. Perry gave up on the idea when the state's comptroller said it would bankrupt the state.

Texas is the only state that has refused to put in place the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules regulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases. During his 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry proposed eliminating the EPA. He rejects man-made global warming as a "scientific theory that has not been proven."

While campaigning for the presidency, Perry focused on cutting federal spending and creating more domestic jobs and natural energy opportunities in the country.

Perry has credibility both with Republican fiscal conservatives _ as a pro-business tax-cutter who has presided over the state's recent economic growth _ and also as a devout social conservative with deep ties to some of the nation's evangelical leaders.

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PAC Contributions

PACDateAmount
FLORIDA FREEDOM COUNCIL PACDec. 13, 2012$2,500
D C REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE FEDERAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEEDec. 3, 2012$10,000
SMOKE BEND ASSOCIATES LLC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 30, 2011$2,500
BAKER BOTTS BLUEBONNET FUNDNov. 30, 2011$5,000
OHIO COAL ASSOCIATION PACNov. 29, 2011$2,000
CRESCENT RIVER PORT PILOTS ASSOCIATION FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE/CRPPA FED PACNov. 29, 2011$2,500
CENTERPOINT ENERGY, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 29, 2011$5,000
CASH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 29, 2011$5,000
SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY FEDERAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEENov. 28, 2011$35,000
CROWE PACNov. 28, 2011$2,500
WINSTEAD PC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 27, 2011$2,500
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION FED-PACNov. 26, 2011$2,500
VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 26, 2011$5,000
THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN TRUST PACNov. 26, 2011$3,000
FULBRIGHT & JAWORSKI L L P FEDERAL COMMITTEENov. 26, 2011$5,000
AQUA AMERICA, INC. H2O POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 26, 2011$5,000
SOUTHWEST BUSINESS CORPORATION PAC (SWBCPAC)Nov. 26, 2011$2,500
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION FED-PACNov. 25, 2011$5,000
TEXAS SPINE AND JOINT LTD PACNov. 25, 2011$2,500
TEXAS SPINE AND JOINT LTD PACNov. 25, 2011$2,500
THE WESTERN WAY PACNov. 25, 2011$2,500
CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS PAC INC FEDERALNov. 24, 2011$5,000
TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION PACNov. 24, 2011$5,000
GULF STATES TOYOTA INC FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 23, 2011$5,000
COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT OF TEMPLE-INLAND INCNov. 23, 2011$5,000
MEDCATH INCORPORATED COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF CARDIAC CARENov. 22, 2011$2,482
COLORADO REPUBLICAN COMMITTEENov. 22, 2011$5,000
FLORIDA FREEDOM COUNCIL PACNov. 22, 2011$2,500
BLUE BELL CREAMERIES USA INC PACNov. 22, 2011$5,000
FLORIDA FREEDOM COUNCIL PACNov. 22, 2011$2,500
CIGNA CORPORATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 21, 2011$2,500
US ONCOLOGY INC. NETWORK POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (THE US ONCOLOGY NETWORK PAC)Nov. 21, 2011$5,000
COZEN O'CONNOR POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 21, 2011$5,000
NUSTARPACNov. 20, 2011$5,000
ZUFFA POLITICAL ACTION COMMMITTEENov. 20, 2011$2,500
KEYSTONE ALLIANCE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 20, 2011$5,000
FERTITTA ENTERTAINMENT PACNov. 18, 2011$5,000
LOCKE LORD LLP PACNov. 17, 2011$2,500
LOCKE LORD LLP PACNov. 17, 2011$2,500
STAND TALL AMERICA PAC (STAPAC)Nov. 16, 2011$5,000
NEUGEBAUER CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEENov. 16, 2011$2,000
LIBERTY PROJECTNov. 16, 2011$5,000
ADVANCE AMERICA CASH ADVANCE CENTERS INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 15, 2011$5,000
MAXIMUS INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (MAXPAC)Nov. 15, 2011$2,500
ALABAMA REPUBLICAN PARTYNov. 15, 2011$10,000
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (TI PAC)Nov. 14, 2011$5,000
DALLAS ENTREPRENEURIAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (DALENPAC)Nov. 14, 2011$5,000
GRAYROBINSON, P.A., POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 14, 2011$5,000
NEVADA REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEENov. 14, 2011$10,000
CAPITAL PAC OF INDIANA (CAPPAC OF INDIANA)Nov. 13, 2011$4,000
HALFF ASSOCIATES FED PACNov. 12, 2011$5,000
SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP GOOD GOVERNMENT FUNDNov. 9, 2011$2,500
FUND FOR A CONSERVATIVE FUTURENov. 8, 2011$3,000
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF FLORIDANov. 8, 2011$7,500
S&B PACNov. 6, 2011$2,000
CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION FEDERAL PACNov. 5, 2011$5,000
BEEF-PAC (BEEF POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OF TEXAS CATTLE FEEDERS ASSOCIATION)Nov. 3, 2011$5,000
INTERNATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE COMMITTEE FOR IMPROVEMENT AND BETTERMENT OF THE COUNTRYNov. 1, 2011$5,000
HUNT CONSOLIDATED, INC. PACNov. 1, 2011$5,000
NRG ENERGY INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NRG PAC)Nov. 1, 2011$5,000
LOUISIANA RIVER PILOTS ASSOCIATION FEDERAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEENov. 1, 2011$2,500
CITIZENS UNITED POLITICAL VICTORY FUNDNov. 1, 2011$5,000
INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (IBAT FEDPAC)Nov. 1, 2011$5,000

Campaigns

Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 55% (2010), 39% (2006), 58% (2002).

(Last updated by Chris Tomlinson on July 10, 2012.)

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