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Rick Perry's Political History -- PICTURES

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Perry, shown here with Lewis in the background, was elected to the Texas Statehouse in 1984. He came to be known as one of the "Pit Bulls," who sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee and bitterly fought spending increases.(The Texas Tribune/Courtesy of Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Courtesy of The Texas Tribune, this gallery provides a look at Gov. Rick Perry's early political years, from his college days at Texas A&M University to the state House of Representatives to the Governor's Mansion in Austin.

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