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Texas Senator Charles Perry Speaks with Students about the Lessons He Learned at Tech

Trevor Bell

February 10, 2016

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Texas Senator Charles Perry, a 1984 Texas Tech accounting and management information systems graduate, recently visited with Rawls Business Leadership Program students to discuss how his experiences during and after college have shaped his life. Senator Perry gave insights into the professional world, along with advice for students searching for success after graduation.

Throughout his presentation last month, Perry stressed the importance of education and how school provided him with the tools he needed to succeed after graduation. His background in accounting has been a huge asset in the Senate because a thorough knowledge of budgets is essential for success as a politician. Beyond the numbers, Senator Perry has been successful due to the moral lessons he learned growing up, which were emphasized in his leadership classes in school.

"Honesty is the foundation of any relationship, regardless if a person will like your message or not," Senator Perry said. "Set expectations by being honest, maintaining integrity and having knowledge of the issues before you."

Students were inspired by Senator Perry's speech, which showed his commitment to his constituents. After getting to meet one-on-one with him, many students felt they could bring his lessons forward with them - into the classroom and beyond graduation.

"Meeting with Senator Perry was an honor," sophomore finance major Rachel Myers said. "He is confident in his morals and ability, which makes him an effective leader."

"This opportunity has given me a lot of insight into the professional world," sophomore management information systems major Andrea Urias said. "Senator Perry uses his experience in accounting and his belief in practicing ethical behavior to succeed in life, which inspires me to do the same."

About Senator Perry

Charles Perry, a practicing CPA from Lubbock, was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2014 after serving two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. A life-long West Texan, Perry is a movement conservative seeking to reduce waste and inefficiencies in government.

Perry currently chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. He was the first freshman to receive a chairmanship in the Texas Senate since 1993. He additionally sits on the Senate Committees on Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services, and Higher Education.

In the previous legislative session, Perry passed a total of 27 senate bills and 35 house bills, placing him in the top five senators for total number of bills passed. These bills included legislation to strengthen Second Amendment rights, protect our ballot box from voter fraud, stop the sale of illegal synthetic substances to our youth, and empower individuals with disabilities to save money and become more financially independent.

Geographically, Perry represents the largest Senate District in the State of Texas. There are a total of 51 counties in the district: Lubbock, Tom Green, Childress, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Hardeman, Foard, Wilbarger, Hockley, Crosby, Dickens, King, Knox, Baylor, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Stonewall, Haskell, Throckmorton, Dawson, Borden, Scurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Stephens, Mitchell, Nolan, Eastland, Sterling, Coke, Runnels, Coleman, Mcculloch, Concho, Irion, Reagan, Upton, Crane, Ward, Mason, Kimble, Menard, Schleicher, Sutton and Taylor (partial).

To view more photos from Senator Perry's time at the Rawls College, please visit the Rawls College Flickr account.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.