On December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Perry as his Secretary of Energy.On March 2, 2017, he was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 62–37 vote.In 1998, Perry ran for the powerful job of Lieutenant Governor.
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 then assigned as a C-130 pilot with the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, located in Abilene, Texas. State Department drought relief effort in Mali, Mauritania and Chad, and two years later, earthquake relief in Guatemala.
Perry's duties included two-month overseas rotations at RAF Mildenhall, located in Mildenhall, England and Rhein-Main Air Base, located at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 1984, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from district 64, which included his home county of Haskell.
With a tenure in office of 14 years, 30 days, Perry was, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current governor (after Terry Branstad of Iowa).
Perry ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president in 20.A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when Governor George W. 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."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.He was elected senior class social secretary, and one of A&M's five "yell leaders".