"There is nothing that tests your commitment to a goal like getting a few doors closed in your face." He said that "Mr.
Oldham taught legions of young people to communicate quickly, clearly and with passion, a lesson that has served me well in my life since then." Upon graduation from college in 1972, Perry was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and completed pilot training in February 1974.
Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 20 and is the fourth Texas governor (after Allan Shivers, Price Daniel and John Connally) to serve three terms. Perry was chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011.
A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
He was then assigned as a C-130 pilot to the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base. State Department drought relief effort in Mali, Mauritania and Chad, and two years later, earthquake relief in Guatemala.