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This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Rick Perry, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Perry's biography and ideological positions.

From a small town in west Texas, Rick Perry rose to the top of Texas politics when he became governor of the Lone Star State as a Republican in 2000. His childhood was spent in Paint Creek, a rural town of just 324 people according to the 2010 Census. Perry grew up for a time without electricity and running water, making his ascension to the Governor's Mansion all the more remarkable.

But it appears that will be the high mark of his political career. After trying and failing to secure the GOP nomination in 2012, Perry's 2016 bid didn't make it to the second debate. Famous for forgetting his own policy ideas during a debate in November, 2011, Perry didn't get much opportunity to repeat the mistake. He appeared in just one, second-tier, debate this go around.

Nevertheless, Perry's political career is nothing to sneeze out. He assumed the governorship of Texas in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to become U.S. President. When he left office in Austin, 14 years 30 days later, he had been elected three times and was the second longest tenured governor at the time behind Terry Branstad of Iowa.

Perry announced on Friday, September 11, 2015 that he was no longer seeking the Republican nomination.

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posted by Scott Elliott at 9:41am 11/13/15 :: link
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