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GET TO KNOW Governor Rick Perry Facts

GET TO KNOW Governor Rick Perry Facts

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Published by Barbara Espinosa
Facts on Governor Rick Perry's Leadership Abilities that qualify him to be President of the United States.
The Prosperity Agenda: Jobs, Tax Relief, Spending Cuts.Time to Get America Working Again. www.rickperry.org
Facts on Governor Rick Perry's Leadership Abilities that qualify him to be President of the United States.
The Prosperity Agenda: Jobs, Tax Relief, Spending Cuts.Time to Get America Working Again. www.rickperry.org

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Published by: Barbara Espinosa on Dec 12, 2011
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1. Basic Info on Rick Perry 
 A fifth-generation Texan
, Perry was born on March 4, 1950, to Ray and Amelia Perry. The Perrys raisedtheir two children, Ricky and Milla, in a modest frame house with no indoor plumbing in the tiny,unincorporated town of Paint Creek, in the southeastern corner of Haskell County. His father workedtheir 10,000-acre cotton farm and was a county commissioner for 28 years; his mother was abookkeeper at a nearby gin. They lived a simple, rural life, milking cows, churning butter, and tendingtheir small garden. Perry attended a one-story brick schoolhouse, he played football, and rounded outhis wholesome upbringing by making Eagle Scout.
When he was sixteen years old, he went on h
is first date with Anita Thigpen, a “city” gal from nearby
Haskell (population 2,780). They sat together at halftime during a local football game, an innocentbeginning to their sixteen-year courtship. They would marry in 1982.Perry enrolled in
Texas A & M University 
and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Animal Science. Whilethere, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets (a military-inspired leadership program), a member of 
the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and one of A&M’s five Yell Leaders (a popular Texas
A&M traditionanalogous to male cheerleaders).In 1972, after graduation, he was commissioned in the
U. S. Air Force
, completed pilot training, and flewC-
130 tactical airlift aircraft, cargo planes that were affectionately referred to as “trash haulers”
by Perryand his cohorts. Perry was stationed in Germany and Saudi Arabia and flew in Central and SouthAmerica, North Africa and all over Europe. He left the Air Force in 1977 with the rank of captain andreturned to Texas. Unlike the other leading candidates for the 2012 election (Obama included), Perry is aveteran who gave five years of his life in the service of his country.For the next seven years,
Perry farmed cotton and tended the family ranch
in rural westTexas with hisdad. His wife worked as a nurse in nearby Haskell, her hometown.He decided to go into
in 1984 and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (eventuallyto three terms), then to Agriculture Commissioner (two terms), and finally to Lieutenant Governor. Hetook over as Governor in December 2000 when George Bush resigned to run for President. Perry waslater elected to Governor three times (2002, 2006, and 2010).Perry is a self-avowed
who grew up Methodist, and currently attends Lake Hills Church inAustin. He is a social conservative who supports voluntary prayer in public schools. He is married to his
childhood sweetheart Anita, who holds a master’s degree in nursing and worked as a nurse for 17 years.
 The couple has two grown children.
 2. Some General Issue Positions
Perry supports the
repeal of ObamaCare
. In his State of the State Address in February, 2011, he
said, ―
it‟s time to repeal ObamaCare
, with its mandates that will cripple our healthcare system,and a price tag that will bust our budget. Our Medicaid population and accompanying financial burden are growing as we speak, and, in 2014, ObamaCare will cause them toexplode. This Washington-centric healthcare plan puts many states on a collision course with
 Perry supports the
, is a lifetime member of the NRA, and even has a personalTexas concealed carry license. The NRA gives Perry an A+. Support for the 2
Amendment ismore important than ever as Obama backs a pending United Nations effort that could bring
international gun control into the United States and slap America’s gun owners with severe
restrictions.Gov. Perry is a steadfast advocate for the rights of the unborn. He has implemented significantreforms to protect life, including parental consent and mandatory sonogram laws. Perry has been an unapologetic supporter of 
legislation and has signed into law all pro-life bills
passed by the Texas legislature. Gov. Perry also opposes federal funding of abortion and humanembryonic stem cell research. He signed bills into law this session (SB 7 and HB 1) that containprovisions that prohibit tax dollars from funding abortions and will defund PlannedParenthood.Gov. Perry continues to be a staunch
supporter of Israel 
. After a trip to the area in 2007, the
governor supported Texas’ divestment from companies that do business with Iran, a main
opponent of Israeli freedom. Additionally, the
Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce
was createdto help launch future commercial interests and solidify the strong business and culturalconnections between the two states.In 2009, Gov. Rick Perry received the 
,given to public figures
 who have demonstrated support and commitment to the state of Israel and its capitol,Jerusalem. The governor accepted the award while on his trip to Israel, where he also met withIsraeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and business andacademic leaders.During that trip, Perry gave an interview to the
 Jerusalem Post 
in which he affirmed his support
for Israel, ―
 I‟m a big b
eliever that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago,
by God, and that‟s ordained 
 In April 2009 and again in 2011, Perry endorsed a resolution supporting
state sovereignty
under the argument that the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution reserves such
authority. On April 9, 2009, Perry said, ―
 I believe that our federal government has becomeoppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with theaffairs of our State. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts
all across our country to reaffirm the States‟ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and itsessential 10th Amendment will free our State from undue regulations, and ultimatelystrengthen our Union
 3. Energy / Environment 
Perry opposes regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and has stated that he supports an ―
all of the above
energy strategy
including oil, coal, nuclear, biofuels, hydroelectric, solar, and windenergy.He also signed the 
 which states that he will
oppose any
legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue
 Under Perry, Texas is moving aggressively to create a diverse portfolio of energy sources,including renewable, natural gas, coal and nuclear power to meet the needs of the growingpopulation in an eco-sensitive manner. Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gasexploration and production, generating nearly one-third of all domestic natural gas, andcontaining one-fourth of all U.S. oil reserves and refining capacity.Texas has more oil refineries, chemical plants and coal-fired power plants than any other state. As a result, Texas
produce the most greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution inthe country, but Texas is also the national leader
in reducing emissions and known pollutants
and advancing renewable energy sources. Texas has done so while balancing the needfor environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment and jobcreation. Yet the oil-and-gas state has non
etheless emerged as the nation’s top producer of a commodity 
prized by environmentalists: wind power. Eager developers are covering its desolate westernmesas with giant turbines.
The world‟s largest wind farm began operations in Texas in
October, 2009, and the state now has close to three times as much wind capacity as Iowa, the
second-ranked state
. Texas has more wind generation capacity than all but
 five other countries
.Texas set a strong renewable energy requirement back in 1999 (when George W. Bush wasgovernor)
and quickly exceeded it. By 2008, 5 percent of the state’s electricity came from wind
by 2010, wind power accounted for 7.8 percent of the total.
 Want a more in-
depth look at Texas’ energy production? Here’s a link to a detailed discussion of the state’s resources and production capabilities. Source:
Texas cares little for environmental niceties. Gov. Perry does care about protecting theenvironment and cleaning our air, but in a way that balances common sense policies whileprotecting jobs and job creators
a priority that seems of little concern to the EPA. Texas has
substantially cleaned its air since 2000 while remaining the nation’s number one job creator.
 Rick Perry, bashes the
 Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) at every opportunity, and
recently branded the climate bill that passed the U. S. House a ―legislative monstrosity.‖
Perry had this to say about the EPA: ―
When we combine lower utility taxes with increased,
diversified production, we will preserve our role as the nation‟s energy leader. Unfortunately,
our strength in petrochemical production and refining makes us a big target on the radar of 
an increasingly activist EPA, whose one-size-fits-all approaches could severely harm our
energy sector; an agency whose potential to harm our state with punitive actions will onlyincrease in the months and years to come
 He has been a major thorn in the side of the EPA. Texas was the lone state that refused tocomply w 
ith the EPA’s plans for issuing new, more stringent greenhouse gas permits. The state
had been issuing its own permits, a plan that was struck down by a federal appeals court.
Texas‟ own plan, the state had already decreased ozone levels by 27 percen
t from 2000 to

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