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Perry polled 1,858,837 votes (50.04 percent) to the 1,790,106 (48.19 percent) cast for Democrat John Sharp of Victoria, who had relinquished the Comptroller's position after two terms to seek the lieutenant governorship.Libertarian Anthony Garcia polled another 65,150 votes (1.75 percent). Bush and Texas Governor Rick Perry shake hands September 27, 2005, after a question-and-answer session at the Port Arthur airport.With a tenure in office of 14 years, 30 days, Perry was, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current U. On December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate the longtime Texas Governor as his Secretary of Energy.On March 2, 2017, he was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 62–37 vote.Since Perry fell shy of the necessary 50% to win outright, a runoff was held between Perry and Mc Iver set on April 10, 1990.In the runoff, he emerged victorious, garnering 96,649 votes (69%) to Mc Iver's 43,921 votes (31%).As Agriculture Commissioner, Perry was responsible for promoting the sale of Texas farm produce to other states and foreign nations, and for supervising the calibration of weights and measures, such as gasoline pumps and grocery store scales.In 2005, after being questioned on the issue by a potential opponent in the Republican governor primary, Perry said that he expressed his support only in order to get Clinton to pay more attention to rural healthcare.
He was re-elected in the 2006 gubernatorial election against three major opponents, polling 39% of votes against runner-up former U. According to Texans for Public Justice, in his three gubernatorial campaigns, Perry received hard-money campaign contributions of 2 million, half of which came from 204 donors.In a 1989 interview, he said that "I was probably a bit of a free spirit, not particularly structured real well for life outside of a military regime, I would have not lasted at Texas Tech or the University of Texas.I would have hit the fraternity scene and lasted about one semester." In the early 1970s, Perry interned during several summers with the Southwestern Company, as a door-to-door book salesman.Perry was the longest-serving Governor in Texas history.Perry was elected three times to full gubernatorial terms and is the fourth Texas Governor (after Allan Shivers, Price Daniel and John Connally) to serve three terms. Perry ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 20.