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Since Perry fell shy of the necessary 50% to win outright, a runoff was held between Perry and Mc Iver set on April 10, 1990.In the runoff, he emerged victorious, garnering 96,649 votes (69%) to Mc Iver's 43,921 votes (31%).In a 1989 interview, he said that "I was probably a bit of a free spirit, not particularly structured real well for life outside of a military regime, I would have not lasted at Texas Tech or the University of Texas.I would have hit the fraternity scene and lasted about one semester." In the early 1970s, Perry interned during several summers with the Southwestern Company, as a door-to-door book salesman.With a tenure in office of 14 years, 30 days, Perry was, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current U. On December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate the longtime Texas Governor as his Secretary of Energy.On March 2, 2017, he was confirmed by the United States Senate in a 62–37 vote.He befriended fellow freshman state representative Lena Guerrero of Austin, a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry's reelection bid in 2006.
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. Perry ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 20.A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-Governor George W.Bush resigned to become President of the United States.During 1990, Hightower's office was embroiled in an FBI investigation into corruption and bribery.Three aides were convicted in 1993 of using public funds for political fundraising, although Hightower himself was not found to be involved in the wrongdoings.