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The New Governor of Texas Rick Perry graduated from My School. Which is Paint Creek High School.  On January 8th, 2002 He kicked off his campaign at Paint Creek High and his hometown.

On August 13th, 2011 He announced that he is running for President of the United States in 2012.

 

 

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Rick Perry launches gubernatorial bid

01/08/2002

Associated Press

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Rick Perry and wife Anita greet supporters at Paint Creek School.

HASKELL, Texas - Hometown supporters and a crowd of cheering students helped Rick Perry, the community's best-known graduate, launch his gubernatorial campaign Tuesday.

 

Perry spoke to about 300 supporters and well-wishers -- some of whom graduated with him -- in the small gymnasium of the school that the governor attended for 12 years.

"It's such an honor to serve as your governor that I thought I would come home to make an announcement," Perry said. "As I look out across this room today, I am mindful of a common bond we share: the privilege of being Texans."

Nene Comedy was one of Perry's 12 classmates at the school about 60 miles north of Abilene outside Haskell.

Perry has the experience and pride in Texas to serve as governor "because of his beliefs and what he stands for," Comedy said after Perry finished his comments kicking off his campaign. "He's a caring person, understanding. He listens and does what he thinks is best for the people."

 

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Perry's West Texas roots helped foster a laid-back cowboy charm and moxie, said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs, who knows the governor well.

The 51-year-old governor grew up outside Haskell, a small farming and ranching community, near the Paint Creek school. Paint Creek isn't really a town but the name of the area's school district. All the district's 146 students attend class in the same school building. Its motto is "No dream too tall for a school so small."

Combs recalled a time when black smoke began drifting from the control panel as she and Perry were in a small plane on a statewide swing. Perry stepped in, figured out the problem and wrapped the backing from a campaign sticker around a troublesome wire.

 

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Rick Perry announces his candidacy this morning.

"That to me is real coolness in the face of adversity," Combs said. "Mr. Cool, not fazed at all, says, 'we'll get down safely."'

 

Perry played six-man football, basketball and ran track at Paint Creek. Perry attended Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and an Aggie yell leader. After graduating in 1972, Perry spent five years in the U.S. Air Force.

He stepped into politics in the mid-1980s, serving in the Texas House from 1985 to 1991. He then was elected state agriculture commissioner as a Republican, a post he held for eight years.

Perry joined the Republican Party in 1989 after he found himself aligning increasingly with the GOP.

In 1998, he was elected lieutenant governor and ascended to the state's highest office in December 2000 after George W. Bush was elected president.

In his first legislative session as governor, Perry vetoed a record-setting 82 bills.

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Perry prayed with students at an organized event at a Palestine public school. Afterward, he said he disagreed with the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned organized prayer and wants to make legalizing school prayer a campaign issue.

The governor has promoted transportation and education policies and has focused heavily on policies affecting the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry drew no Republican opponent for the March primary and will spend the next few months campaigning to bolster his general-election coffers.

Meanwhile, four Democrats -- Laredo millionaire businessman Tony Sanchez, former state attorney general Dan Morales, Waxahachie businessman Bill Lyon and Houston attorney John Worldpeace -- will duke it out to oppose him in November.

Either Sanchez or Morales would make a formidable foe for Perry, said Bill Miller, a political consultant.

"It'll be gloves off and brass knuckles from the get go."

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Perry kicks off campaign
January 08th,2002
Governor Rick Perry kicked off his gubernatorial campaign today in the rural community where he was raised - Paint Creek, in West Texas. Shelley Kofler reports.

Rick Perry launches gubernatorial bid
January 08th,2002
Rick Perry, the former Texas lieutenant governor who was appointed to serve out the remainder of George W. Bush's term as governor, today announced he will run for the state's top office. Shelley Kofler reports.
 

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