Governor Rick Perry Joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Biography, Family And Political Career

Governor Rick Perry Joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Biography, Family And Political Career
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Rick Perry, former Texas governor will put on his dancing shoes as he is reportedly getting ready for his new stint on “Dancing With The Stars.” The 66-year-old conservative leader will now enthrall the audience with his dance routines.


ET Online confirmed that Rick Perry is set to join the hots of celebrity participants of “Dancing With The Stars” Season 23. The new season will premiere on ABC in September.

Rick Perry was the longest-serving governor of Texas. As the 47th governor of the state, he served in office from December 2000 to January 2015.

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Family and education

Rick Perry belongs to a family of tenant farmers in West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of two children, he got a distinction as an Eagle Scout. He graduated in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force between 1972 to 1977, according to his official website.


Even before he was elected as lieutenant governor in 1998, the Republican served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican nomination for president early this year and also in 2012.

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Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita, in 1982. They have two children and two granddaughters. Since Perry became governor, Texas created almost one-third of all new private sector jobs in the U.S.

Some of the other celebs rumored to be participating in ABC’s popular dance reality show include Vanilla Ice, retired footballer Calvin Johnson, race car driver James Hinchcliffe. They will join names like Olympians Laurie Hernandez, Ryan Lochte, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” fame, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Amber Rose, Jake T. Austin and Terra Jole.

The full cast and pairings will be announced on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “Dancing With the Stars” premieres Monday, Sep. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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