Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor. Official portraits of Texas governors are commissioned after the governor's term of office is completed.
December 21, 2000 - January 20, 2015
Born: March 4, 1950, in Haskell County, Texas
Early Career: A fifth-generation Texan, Rick Perry grew up on the family ranch in Paint Creek, 60 miles north of Abilene. He earned a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, then served in the U.S. Air Force for five years, seeing duty as a C-130 pilot in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Leaving the service as a captain, Perry joined his father in the family farm and ranch business. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984. He was elected agriculture commissioner in 1990 and served two terms. In 1998, he was elected lieutenant governor. When George W. Bush resigned his office to become president, Rick Perry became the governor of Texas.
Perry was elected governor in his own right in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.
Sep 11 2001
Terrorist attacks kill thousands at World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania
U.S. troops go to war in Afghanistan, Iraq
Blogs, MySpace, Facebook
Monster tsunami kills over 150,000 in Asia
Terry Schiavo "right to die" debate
August 29, 2005
Hurricane Katrina blasts New Orleans and Mississippi Coast, kills 1800 people; Texas accepts a quarter of a million refugees
September 24, 2005
Hurricane Rita brings $10 billion in damage to Lousiana and Texas Gulf Coast
Iran nuke threat
Iraq troop "surge"
Oil reaches record prices
June 8, 2008
Texas Governor's Mansion torched by an arsonist; restoration effort begins immediately
Drug cartel violence on the Texas-Mexico border
Pilot's landing averts tragedy in "Miracle on the Hudson"
November 5, 2009
Gunman kills 13 in massacre at Fort Hood army base in Killeen
Catastrophic earthquake kills 220,000 in Haiti
Heath care reform
April 20 2010
Offshore explosion causes massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico
August 31 2010
End of U.S. combat role in Iraq
"Don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays in the military overturned