Mary Anita Thigpen: May 5, 1952 in Haskell, Texas.
How Anita and Rick Met:
Anita: "Probably the first time I saw him ... I always knew in my heart he was the one."
Source: Polly Ross Hughes. "Candidates Enjoy Strong Support at Home." Chron.com. 11/04/2006.
Anita about their first date on September 9, 1966: "It wasn't a good date. Memorable, yes."
Source: Christy Hoppe. "Anita Perry, a No-nonsense Nurse, Overcomes Shyness in Signing On to Win Votes For Her Husband." DallasNews.com. 9/26/2010.
- Griffin Perry: He was born in 1983.
- Sydney Perry: She was born in 1986.
Quotes About the Marriage of Rick and Anita Perry:
Source: Rick Perry. Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America From Washington. 2010. pg. 189.
Rick: "Anita and I hadn't been married even two years, and I was getting ready to propose I spend a lot of time away from her and our newborn son Griffin. We didn't have the luxury of a drawn-out discussion over weeks and months. It was time either to jump in impulsively, or pass. One factor: I was getting restless with life on the farm. Anita saw how much I wanted to do this. After all, she knew what Perrys did: they ran for office."
Source: Rick Perry. On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For. 2008. pg. 23.