TRIBUNE: Getting to know Governor Rick Perry

 

Perry’s story is the kind of up-by-his-bootstraps saga that Bush might have scripted for himself, had he been able.

 

He grew up in West Texas, in a farm town so small it literally was not on the state map until Perry, as governor, put it there. Life was austere; Perry was 6 before the family had indoor plumbing. His mother sewed his clothes, including the underwear Perry wore to college.

 

He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in animal science, joined the Air Force, then returned to farming. On a whim he ran for state Legislature in 1984, as a Democrat, and won.

 

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