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A fifth-generation Texan, he was born on March 4, 1950, in Haskell, Texas, and raised in Paint Creek, Texas, the son of dryland cotton farmers Joseph Ray Perry and Amelia June Holt Perry. Perry's ancestry is almost entirely English, dating as far back as the original Thirteen Colonies.His family has been in Texas since before the Texas Revolution.According to the book Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W.Bush, Rove raised million to raise Perry's profile, "while tarnishing the name of Jim Hightower" resulting in Perry's name becoming a "household name in Texas—and Hightower's name synonymous with corruption".With a tenure in office of 14 years, 30 days, Perry was, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current U. On December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate the longtime Texas Governor as his Secretary of Energy.On March 2, 2017, he was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 62–37 vote.In 1998, Perry chose not to seek a third term as Agriculture Commissioner, running instead for Lieutenant Governor to succeed the retiring Democrat Bob Bullock.
He was then assigned as a C-130 pilot with the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, located in Abilene, Texas. State Department drought relief effort in Mali, Mauritania and Chad, and two years later, earthquake relief in Guatemala.James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American politician who is the 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump.Prior to his cabinet position, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015.Port Arthur suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Rita. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Perry became the first Texas governor to be elected to three four-year terms, polling 55% of votes to former Houston Mayor Bill White's 42%.He was re-elected in the 2006 gubernatorial election against three major opponents, polling 39% of votes against runner-up former U. According to Texans for Public Justice, in his three gubernatorial campaigns, Perry received hard-money campaign contributions of 2 million, half of which came from 204 donors.