So notes the Texas Tribune, reporting that, with only his close friends and family watching, Perry, 64, a Republican, was baptized last month in Little Rocky Creek near Independence, Texas — where Houston was baptized in 1854.
Perry, the longest-serving governor of Texas, famously lost momentum in the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential primary contests after saying ,“Oops, sorry,” when he forgot his answer to a televised debate question.
“Governor Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God, and like many people of faith, the governor wanted to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning,” said his spokeswoman, Lucy Nashed, in a statement e-mailed to Bloomberg News.
The Paint Creek,Texas-born Perry has been traveling the country promoting the state to businesses looking to move to his state, which has triggered discussion about a possible new campaign in 2016. This week Toyota Motor Corp. said it would to consolidate its U.S. sales, engineering and finance jobs in the Dallas area.
Texas has produced a few presidents — George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson. (Though the Bush’s, for all the father’s success in the Texas oil industry and the son’s run of the governor’s mansion, were born in Connecticut and Massachusetts; Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas.)
And Sam Houston became the first president of the Republic of Texas in 1836.