Mother: Amelia (Holt) Perry
Marriage: Anita (Thigpen) Perry
(November 6, 1982-present)
Children: Sydney; Griffin
Education: Texas A&M University, B.S., 1972
Military Service: U.S. Air Force, 1972-1977
Is an Eagle Scout.
Met his wife, Anita, in elementary school.
Is the longest serving governor in Texas history.
1972-1977 - Serves in the U.S. Air Force flying transport planes.
1977 - Returns to Prairie Creek, Texas, to live and work on his father's farm.
1978 - Forms JR Perry Farms with his father.
1985-1991 - Member of the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from the 64th District.
1989 - Switches to the Republican Party.
1991-1999 - Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.
1999-2000 - Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
December 21, 2000 -
Perry is sworn in as governor after George W. Bush
resigns to become president of the United States.
November 5, 2002 - Perry is elected to a four-year term.
November 7, 2006 - Is re-elected governor.
2008 - Perry's book "On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For" is published.
November 2, 2010 - Perry is elected for a third term in office.
August 13, 2011 -
Declares his candidacy for president
during a speech in South Carolina.
January 19, 2012 -
Suspends his presidential campaign and endorses Newt Gingrich.
August 15, 2014 -
A grand jury indicts Rick Perry on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity. He allegedly threatened to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned following her arrest on a drunk driving charge. She stayed in office, and he later vetoed the funding.
August 19, 2014 - Perry voluntarily appears at the Travis County Court house
to be booked and fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken. He pleads not guilty to charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of official capacity. The next day he makes the first of six campaign style stops across New Hampshire.
January 15, 2015 -
Steps down as governor.
June 4, 2015 - Announces he is running for president
at a rally in Addison, Texas.
July 24, 2015 -
A Texas appeals court dismisses one of two criminal charges Perry
. The court agrees with the argument from Perry's legal team that a Texas law concerning "coercion of a public servant" violated Perry's First Amendment freedom of speech rights. It is, however, allowing a charge related to abuse of power, to move forward.
September 11, 2015 -
Suspends his campaign for the presidency.
January 25, 2016 -
Perry announces his presidential endorsement for Ted Cruz
February 24, 2016 -
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals drops charges against Perry
that alleged he abused his power while in office.