Rick Perry


Sworn in as the 47th Governor of Texas on December 21, 2000, Rick Perry is the longest-serving governor of our nation’s second largest state.

     Governor Perry’s political career started in 1985, when he represented a rural West Texas district in the Texas House of Representatives. A 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, he served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1977, flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

     Governor Perry’s most recent book FED UP: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, was published by Little Brown in November 2010.

Praise for Fed Up

“Campaign books are terrible.... Any campaign book, that is, except Rick Perry's Fed Up.... This is not a boring book. More to the point, it's not even a book about Rick Perry. It's a book about Rick Perry’s ideas. And his big idea is that most everything the federal government does is unconstitutional..... Perry’s book is... a serious argument about what kind of country we should be. I recommend it highly.” —Ezra Klein, Washington Post

“A new cowboy ... has entered the ring, toting his own political book.... It’s big, bold, and, to borrow a word that was once associated with our current commander-in-chief, audacious.”

Christian Science Monitor

“If he’s good for Texas, why not America? Could Perry be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the plain-spoken man from the West who presided over a new ‘Morning in America’ by cutting taxes, reducing government (well, promising to), and standing tall against the nation’s enemies? As the tea-party movement gains momentum, as more Americans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, Perry is their kind of hero, an avatar of a lost age that could come again, if only Washington politicians and other undesirables were put in their place.” —Newsweek

“My friend Rick Perry knows that it is the American people who make this country great and not Washington. With appropriate respect for both our rich history and the practical needs of today, Rick sees a bright future for America, based on freedom and limited government.” —Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana