When jogging, Rick sometimes packs his .380 Ruger pistol to protect his dog.
Rick has written two books, On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For in 2008, and Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washingtonin 2010.
Rick has two grown children, Griffin and Sydney.
Since the 1990's, Rick attended the same church that George W. Bush did in Austin, Texas. (Tarrytown United Methodist Church)
Rick married his high school sweetheart, Anita Thigpen, in 1982.
Rick Perry is a Methodist.
Perry is strongly against embryonic stem cell research.
Perry advertises himself as a social conservative.
After originally being a Democrat, Rick Perry announced his switching to the Republican party in 1989.
Rick graduated college with a bachelor's degree in animal science.
Rick was known to play several pranks on others during college.
Rick was a yell leader (male cheerleader) during his time at Texas A&M.
Rick attended Paint Creek High School in Paint Creek, Texas, where he graduated from in 1968.
Rick was active in the Boy Scouts as a kid. He eventually earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Rick was first introduced to politics by his father, who also served as the county commissioner for Haskell County in Texas.
Both of Rick's parents were ranchers.
In April of 2011, Rick Perry announced he would run for U.S. President in the 2012 election.
After graduating college but before becoming governor of Texas, Rick Perry worked jobs as a salesman, Air Force officer, and a cotton farmer.
Rick graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972.