Who is Rick Perry? 7 interesting facts about the former Governor of Texas

Rick Perry was one of President Trump, the former Cabinet picks.

The former Governor of Texas was sworn in as the Department of energy Secretary on may 2. In March 2017. Prior to his appointment, Perry, 68, has served as a member of the pipeline company Energy Transfer ners Board.

Of his role in the Texas policy to participate in a televised dance competition, here are seven things to know about Perry.

He wanted to lead, he will eliminate the Department

Before Perry was confirmed as energy Secretary, he vowed to notorious, the abolition of the very Department in what became known as his “oops” moment during a presidential debate.

During the November 2011 debate,” Perry said that he wanted to eliminate three departments – but could trade only the name and education. He fidgeted, and other Republican candidates offered suggestions, but it was not until a few minutes later, he remembered the Department of Energy was his third choice.

During his hearing before the Senate in 2017,” Perry said he regretted his plan to get rid of the energy Department.

Perry was also very critical of Trump during his presidential campaign, calling him at one point, a “cancer on conservatism.”

Perry of Texas, the service’s oldest Governor

Rick Perry, a former Democrat, Texas is the longest-serving Governor.

(Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Perry is familiar with Texas politics, she served as a state representative, lieutenant Governor, agriculture Commissioner and Governor.

Perry’s tenure as Governor – which spans nearly 15 years – he is the longest-serving Governor in Texas history. He often economic success enlists in Texas under his leadership. After his energy Department, biography, Perry “for the conservative principles that helped Texas America’s economic engine.”

Prior to becoming Governor, Perry served as the state’s lieutenant governor for nearly two years under George W. Bush. Perry Governor was when Bush was elected President.

Perry, too, ran for the Republican nomination for President, twice, but he eventually fell out of the race.

He was elected to the first Parliament, he served in 1982 where, until 1990. As a state legislator, Perry is a Democrat. It was not until 1990, when he ran for agriculture Commissioner, he changed parties, according to the Dallas Morning News.

He appeared on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Perry is a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the year 2016 – but was eliminated in the second round. During the show, Perry donate to the veterans organizations, the Star-Telegram reported.

Old-school-western-wear! To dance to learn on the way!! #DWTS #teamdanceforourvets

A post shared by Governor Perry (@Governor Perry) on Sep 13, 2016 at 9:41am PDT

Before the show, Perry the Texas Tribune, said that he is the “least experienced dancer” on the program. His partner, professional dancer Emma Slater.

He served in the Air Force

Perry flew C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East, according to its energy Department, biography. He served in the air force from 1972 to 1977.

Perry met his wife in elementary school

Rick Perry reportedly met with his wife, Anita, in elementary school. They have been married since 1982.

(Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Perry married his wife, Anita Thigpen Perry, in 1982. The couple originally met in elementary school in a piano recital, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Together they have two children.

Officially #luckiest Manon earth day, 50 years ago today 1. date with this wonderful woman!!!!free to play game.?

A post shared by Governor Perry (@Governor Perry) on Sep 9, 2016 at 5:59 PM PDT

Home is where the farm is

Perry grew up on a farm in Texas and an Eagle Scout, according to his biography.

He attended Texas A&M University, where he received a degree in animal science.

In his youth, Perry worked as a door-to-door Bible reference book salesman, working in a small town in Eastern Missouri in the year 1969, according to the Houston Chronicle. Washington County judge John Brieden, a friend of Perry’s, which also sells the books, credited to the skills of Perry learned that to do this job, to mobilize its success.

He has himself in to the police, after a Federal indictment

Perry turned himself into authorities in Travis County justice complex in Austin – where he was fingerprinted and had his mugshot after he accused makes allegations of abuse in the year 2014.

“I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law, and I’m here today because I did the right thing,” Perry said at the time. “I will enter the court building with my head high, knowing that the measures were not, I took only lawful and legal but right.”

In question is Perry’s threat to veto 7.5 million dollars in funding for the state’s integrity unit after a Democratic district attorney, after being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, refused to back.

The criminal case was finally dismissed in the year 2016.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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