Among the most significant powers of any Texas governor -- not to mention one who has served nearly a decade in office -- is the ability to appoint members of state boards and commissions. 

Currently, more than 2,000 officials selected by Gov. Rick Perry are making decisions that affect Texas, from accountancy regulations to university tuition. Over the years, the governor has made more than 5,300 appointments.

Today we've updated our searchable database to include the most current list of appointments (as of April 27, when we requested the list from Perry's office under the Texas Public Information Act). Use the database to search for appointees by name, board/commission and also by gender and home county. You can also download the list of current appointees (or the historic list of those appointed from 2000 to last summer). 

The data are presented exactly as released. As with any government data, the records aren't perfect. Some fields are blank, or partially filled and it's possible that members appointed in the last few weeks aren't on the list.

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