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Texas Legislators: Past & Present

Rick Perry

Rick Perry
Full Name: James Richard "Rick" Perry

Terms of Service

  • House, 71st (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    1/10/1989 - 1/8/1991
  • House, 70th Legislature
    1/13/1987 - 1/10/1989
  • House, 69th Legislature
    1/8/1985 - 1/13/1987
(1) Perry announced party switch from Democrat to Republican on Friday [9/29/1989], "Republican party gloats over defection of state lawmaker," 10/1/1989. Austin American-Statesman .
(2) Party switch from Democrat to Republican on 9/29/1989. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature .
(3) 71st Legislature - party switch from Democrat to Republican on 9/22/1989. Texas House of Representatives, Chief Clerk's Office - Biographies of Legislators 1947.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries


Other Resources

  • "Perry Warms Up Quickly to Legislative Duties," 5/19/1985. Relatives: Dennis Ratliff, Rick Perry's grandfather-in-law. Abilene Reporter-News .
  • "The Senate Under Perry: A Veteran Capitol Observer Looks at the New Lieutenant Governor's Early Moves and What They Mean," March/April 1999. Association Leadership .
  • "Rick Perry: From Aggie Yell Leader to Texas Governor, Farmer's Son Stands on Side of Tradition," 2/10/2010. Relatives: D.H. Hamilton - Rick Perry's great-great-grandfather. Austin American-Statesman .
  • Discussion of the race for Lieutenant Governor in 1998, "The Eyes of America Were Upon Him," by David Beiler, July 1999, pp. 48-53. Campaigns & Elections .
  • Governor of Texas 2000-2015. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present .
  • 39th Lieutenant Governor: Rick Perry. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016 2016.
  • United States Air Force, Captain. "At A&M he served in the Corps of Cadets and as a yell leader. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in Animal Science and immediately joined the United States Air Force. He served as a C-130 pilot for four and one-half years, earning the rank of captain before returning home to join his father in the family's farming and ranching operation." Texas Senators, 76th Legislative Session 1999.
  • Perry, James Richard. Texas State Cemetery .
  • "Exclusive: Lt. Gov.-Elect Rick Perry's First Interview," by David Guenthner, Volume 3, Issue 12, November 1998. The Lone Star Report .
  • United States Air Force. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country 2017.
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