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Rick Perry Biography

Secretary of Energy
Con to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"

“Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror…

In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president.”

Jim Hoft, “TX Gov. Perry: The Piling on by Political Left to Use Massacre of Children to Advance Political Agenda Disgusts Me,”, Jan. 16, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Secretary of Energy, Mar. 2-2017-present
  • Republican Presidential Candidate, 2012
  • Governor, Texas, Dec. 21, 2000-Jan. 20, 2015
  • Lieutenant Governor, Texas, Jan. 19, 1999-Dec. 21, 2000
  • Commissioner of Agriculture, Texas, Jan. 21, 1991-Jan. 19, 1999
  • State Representative, Texas, Jan. 8, 1985-Jan. 8, 1991
  • Captain, US Air Force 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron, 1972-1977
  • Education:
  • BS, Animal Science, Texas A&M, 1972
  • Other:
  • Lifetime member of the NRA and American Legion Post #75.
  • Married childhood sweetheart, Anita Thigpen, in 1982. The couple have two children, Griffin and Sydney.
  • Earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.
  • Twitter handle: @SecretaryPerry
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?