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Perry's Term Thrice as Long as Average Texas Govs'

Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011
Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011

Most people know that Gov. Rick Perry, inaugurated to a third term Tuesday, has served longer than any other chief executive in Texas history. What's remarkable, though, is just how much longer than the state's previous governors — even those who've served during the modern era.

Liveblog: Rick Perry's Third Inauguration

Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.
Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to be sworn in for an unprecedented third term, and a good-sized crowd has turned out for the festivities (and free barbecue). Stay with us for updates from the speech and swearing-in at the Capitol.