Rick Perry was the governor of Texas for nearly 15 years — longer than any other in the state’s history. He is also the country’s longest continually-serving governor. Perry is the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association and is an Eagle Scout. After he graduated from Texas A&M, he became an Air Force pilot and attained the rank of captain. He was also a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 election.