Charles Perry, a practicing CPA from Lubbock, was elected to the Texas Senate in 2014 after first serving two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. A life-long West Texan, Perry is a conservative fighting for lower taxes, better schools, safer communities, and individual liberties.
Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs. He was the first freshman to receive a chairmanship in the Texas Senate since 1993. He also sits on the Senate Committees for Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.
In the 85th legislative session, Perry passed 34 senate bills and 38 house bills. These bills included legislation to strengthen pro-life measures in Texas, expand Second Amendment rights, protect our ballot box from voter fraud, stop the sale of illegal synthetic substances to our youth, and protect rural communities.
Most notably, Perry authored and passed Senate Bill 4 which banned sanctuary cities in Texas. Perry put a stop to sanctuary cities by preventing local government from helping criminal immigrants evade federal detainer requests, causing public safety concerns statewide. He also helped pass legislation prohibiting physicians from performing tortuous dismemberment abortions.
Perry fought to pass economic development programs for rural communities, improve our water laws, cut red tape that will allow a new VA health care clinic to be built in West Texas, and reformed healthcare laws that will increase access to medicine via telepharmacy.
Outside his work in the Legislature, Perry has served his community as past president of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, American Business Clubs, and Community Partners, and previously served on the board of the National Council on Family Violence and the Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock. He has also served as a deacon at his church, Southcrest Baptist in Lubbock.
Perry grew up in in the district he currently represents, graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1980. In 1984, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University.
Perry has been married to his wife, Jacklyn for over 33 years and together they have a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Matthew. The entire family are graduates of Texas Tech University.
Geographically, Perry represents the largest Senate District in the State of Texas. There are a total of 51 counties which equals over 48,000 square miles and is larger than 20 U.S. states.