On Thursday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made the announcement from a hot airplane hangar in Addison, Texas, surrounded by military families and war heroes. This will be Perry's second bid for the White House.
As Rick Perry tries to re-introduce himself to the American public, many are turning to Google to get more information on him. Google's media team gave us a list of their most searched questions about Rick Perry on June 4, 2015. Here are our answers.
Top Questions on Rick Perry on 6/4/15
1. Who is Rick Perry?
James Richard Perry is a Republican politician from Texas. He was George W. Bush’s lieutenant governor until Bush resigned in 2000 to become president. Perry went on to serve as governor of the Lone Star State from 2000-2015. He is the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas.
2. Is Rick Perry Republican?
Yes, but not always. Perry was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984. In fact, Perry even supported then future Vice President Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries. Perry changed parties in 1989.
3. What time is Rick Perry's announcement?
Rick Perry’s announcement was Thursday, June 4, 2015.
4. Why did Rick Perry resign?
He actually didn’t resign. Rick Perry chose not to run for another term with his pending felony charges and presidential aspirations.
5. What is Rick Perry's net worth?
It was estimated that Perry’s assets at the time of his 2012 presidential run were in the in the low seven-figures, according to The Atlantic.
6. Is Rick Perry under indictment?
Yes, a grand jury indicted Perry in 2014. He currently faces felony charges on abuse of power and coercion. He allegedly carried out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption and coerced an elected district attorney to resign. The charges have a maximum sentence of more than 100 years in prison.
7. When did Rick Perry drop out of the 2012 Presidential race?
Perry bowed out in January of 2012, just before the South Carolina primary. He eventually endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
8. How tall is Rick Perry?
Rick Perry is 6 feet 1 inches tall.
9. Is Rick Perry running in 2016?
Yes, Rick Perry announced he plans to seek the Republican nomination for president on Thursday.