Timeline: Rick Perry

4 March 1950 – Rick Perry born in Paint Creek, Texas, a small rural community.

November 1982 – Marries Anita Thigpen. The couple is still married and have two adult children.

November 1984 – Elected to Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat.

September 1989 – Switches party affiliation to Republican after he is denied a powerful legislative post.

November 1990 – Wins upset victory as Texas Agricultural Commissioner with the help of then little-known political adviser Karl Rove.

November 1998 – Elected Lieutenant Governor with backing from then-Governor George W. Bush.

December 2000 – Becomes Governor of Texas after George W. Bush is confirmed as the winner of the 2000 presidential election.

November 2002 – Wins first full term in office.

November 2006 – Wins a second term in office with only 39 percent of the vote in a crowded field.

February 2010 – While jogging, Perry uses a laser-sighted pistol to kill a coyote he says was menacing his daughter’s dog.

November 2010 – Wins unprecedented third term as governor of Texas.

13 August 2011 – Announces his presidential campaign during a visit to South Carolina.

22 September 2011 – Says, “I don’t think you have a heart” to Republicans who challenge the Texas policy of offering in-state college tuition to the children of illegal immigrants. A front-runner for the GOP nomination at the time, Perry’s popularity immediately sinks among the Republican faithful and never recovers.

9 November 2011 – During a debate with other GOP candidates, Perry forgets one of the three federal departments he has promised to abolish. This “oops” moment comes to symbolise his entire campaign.

19 January 2012 – Ends his presidential campaign after dismal showings in contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

31 October 2012 – Texas executes its 250th prisoner during Rick Perry’s tenure as governor. As of 8 July 2013, the number had risen to 261.

8 July 2013 – Announces in San Antonio he will not seek another term as governor of Texas.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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