Former Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Brenham today (Tuesday) as the first guest of The Barnhill Center’s new Speaker Series.

Rick Perry speaks to listeners at Tuesday's inaugural
Speaker Series luncheon hosted by The Barnhill

Perry addressed a crowd of local officials and citizens at Morriss Hall, sharing stories from his time as governor from 2000-2015 and as U.S Secretary of Energy from 2017-2019. 

Perry, who also served Texas as lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner and state representative of District 64, said the best job of his life was being governor, but his most interesting job was working in the Cabinet, given the role that the Department of Energy plays in national security.  He said rules and regulations in the executive branch of government tend to be very entrenched, so changing the course of an agency was, from his experience, “nigh-on impossible.”

Perry talked about the 2024 presidential election and said it is important for voters to understand that they will not just be choosing a president, but the team of people behind them.  In addition, he gave his thoughts on what the future holds for the energy sector and where the next innovations might come from.

Perry also talked about what led him to move to Round Top and about what makes Brenham and this part of Texas an “extraordinary” place to be.

Rick Perry holds a gift basket presented to him at
the conclusion of his speech Tuesday at The Barnhill
Center's Morriss Hall.

Following Perry’s speech, event organizers presented him with a basket full of Brenham-based souvenirs and goodies.

Today’s program was the first of four luncheon events to be held at Morriss Hall this year.  Next will be nationally known political commentator and consultant Karl Rove on June 20th, followed by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp on September 10th, and concluding with Texas Historical Commission Chairman John Nau on November 22nd.

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