Writing:Biography (state executive officials)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to add the section "Biography" to state official articles in the State Executive Officials Project.
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This section is added to profiles about state officials, for example incumbents. This includes articles like Texas Gov. Rick Perry or Alabama Attorney General Troy King.

This section primarily features background information about the state officer. This may include:

  • hometown
  • pre-public service work
  • non-profit
  • volunteer work
    • Details about volunteer work should be added in a collapsible bullet list. (see example below)
  • military career (if applicable)
  • start of political career
  • a subsection on education (attended colleges, years of graduation, degree)

Note: any details about the officer's political career (e.g. previous offices, committees, political party, etc.) can be added in the "Political career" section which follows the "Biography."

Note: controversies

Events while NOT in office: If an event is completely unrelated to their term in office, add the note to the biography section. Such events may include, for example, (this is completely made up) a DUI arrest during a two-year hiatus from politics. In other words, they were not holding a public office at the time of the arrest.

The additions, should NOT include a new subsection.

Events while in office: For controversies that may arise while an officeholder is in office - such as a controversial position taken on an issue, misuse of public funds, a DUI, arrest, etc. - add that notation or news under the office in which they served at that time in the "Political career" section.

See Writing:Political career (state executive officials).


Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.


Perry is a fifth generation Texan, growing up in Paint Creek on his family's ranch. He was active in Boy Scouts, eventually earning the BSA's Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. At Texas A&M University, he joined the Corps of Cadets and was elected as a yell leader. During college, Perry also worked selling books door to door.

He accepted a commission in the United States Air Force after graduating, completed pilot training, and flew tactical airlifts in Europe and the Middle East through most of the 1970s. He retired in 1977 as a captain and returned to Texas to work on the family's cotton farm.

Perry entered politics in 1984, winning election to the House for District 64. At the time, Perry was a Democrat. He went on to serve three terms and was one of the "Put Bulls," members of the appropriations committees who pushed for austere budget measures. The name came from the committee room's lower dais, nicknamed "the pit," the group routinely sat.

In 1989, Perry switched his affiliation to the Republican party.

The following year, he won a narrow upset over the Democratic incumbent to become the state's Agriculture Commissioner. Four years later, he won an easy re-election. In 1998, he ran for the Lieutenant Governor's office, becoming the first member of the GOP to hold the office. Perry became Governor upon George W. Bush's resignation to accept the Presidency.


  • B.S. Texas A&M University, 1972
  • Paint Creek High School, 1968

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