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Anita Thigpen PerryAnita Thigpen Perry grew up in Haskell, Texas, where her father was a family practice physician. She was one of four children and learned at an early age the importance of family, graciousness and community service. After a long courtship, Anita married Rick Perry in 1982 and they are the parents of two children. 
  • Anita Thigpen Perry pursued her early interest in health care by earning a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Texas State University (now known as West Texas A&M University). She later earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. 
  • 2000 and 2003 - Rick Perry was sworn in as lieutenant governor in 1999 and became the 47 th governor on December 21, 2000 after George W. Bush was elected president of the United States. He was elected to a four-year term November 5, 2002. He had previously served as a state representative and commission of agriculture.
  • The Anita Thigpen Perry Endowment at the San Antonio Health Science Center helps support the new Center for Community-Based Health Promotion in Women and Children, which focuses on improving the health issues for women and children in south Texas.
  • Anita Perry helped develop and host the Texas Conference for Women for the past three years which address women's issues including professional development, health care and personal growth.

Anita Perry's 2003 inaugural gown is a modified Rose Taft design in teal with pale gold accents. The gown bodice is designed using a delicate French lace, which is detailed with hand scalloping and hand beading. The long, shapely skirt is made of iridescent silk taffeta. Swarovski crystals were used as accents on the gown.

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