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Slideshow: When Rick Perry was a Democrat

It may be hard to believe now, but Gov. Rick Perry got his start in politics as a Democrat, representing Haskell in the Texas House from 1985-1991. It's a period likely to be scrutinized by his Republican opponents should he run for president.

State Rep. Robert Earley (D-Portland) and Rep. Rick Perry on the floor of the House during the 69th Legislative session, May…

It may be hard to believe now, but Gov. Rick Perry got his start in politics as a Democrat, representing Haskell in the Texas House from 1985-1991. Photos in the slideshow below include Perry with other members who became long-time friends, including Ric Williamson of Weatherford, Cliff Johnson of Palestine, Gwyn Shea of Irving and Mike McKinny of Centerville.

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