Anita Thigpen Perry

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Anita Thigpen Perry (born March 5, 1952) is the wife of Rick Perry, Republican governor of Texas, and has served as First Lady of Texas since December 21, 2000.

A native of Haskell, north of Abilene, Texas, and the daughter of a country physician, First Lady Perry was trained and practiced as a nurse. In 2008, Texas Tech University in Lubbock renamed its nursing school in Perry's honor.

She procured her bachelor's degree in nursing from the then West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, south of Amarillo. She holds a master's degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.