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Gov. Rick Perry, leaving office, ends an influential era in Texas
Gov. Rick Perry, leaving office, ends an influential era in Texas

There is something every man and woman holding appointive office in Texas shares, whether sitting on the Supreme Court or serving on the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. Each and every one of them — thousands in all — was put there by Gov. Rick Perry. That is one reason his influence will linger for some time, even as Perry leaves office Tuesday after a record 14-plus years as Texas' chief executive. The combination of those ubiquitous appointments and Perry's longevity helped transform the governor's office from a weakling under the state Constitution to a political powerhouse, helping launch Perry on a second White House bid and offering his...

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