7 Facts About Rick Perry

1. In 1982, Rick Perry married Mary Anita Thigpen, his childhood sweetheart whom he had known since elementary school.

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2. In his 2010 book, Rick Perry referenced the Lawrence decision, writing "Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.

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3. In June 2011, Rick Perry proclaimed August 6 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting, inviting other governors to join him in a prayer meeting hosted by the American Family Association in Houston.

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4. In 2009, Rick Perry signed Grover Norquist's pledge to "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes".

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5. In his presidential campaign, Rick Perry highlighted the economic success Texas achieved under his governorship.

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6. In 1987, Rick Perry voted for a $5.7 billion tax increase proposed by Republican governor Bill Clements.

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7. Prior to his cabinet position, Rick Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015.

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