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Texas’ Rick Perry to lead RGA

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be named chairman of the Republican Governors Association when the group gathers in California next week.

Perry’s appointment to the RGA won’t be the governor’s first rodeo: He led the same committee in 2008 and had worked in varying capacities for the group in years prior.

The Washington-bound move — not the move for which some Republican donors had hoped — comes as Perry will soon become Texas’ longest serving chief executive, entering now his tenth year in the governor’s mansion.

The Texas Republican will replace Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty atop the committee as it prepares for three gubernatorial contests in Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky in the 2011 election season.

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