The State of the Union address has been delivered by an American president since 1790, when George Washington included matters like “certain hostile Indian tribes,” the “promotion of science and literature,” and the addition of the state of North Carolina to the Union.
Robert ''Bob'' Wert graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. Bob heard there was an opening in Lubbock and got out the maps to see where it was. He was at First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1961, when he decided to go west. He had grown up in Lynchburg, Va., Washington, D.C., and Tennessee.
Bob Wert has been director of the choir program at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Lubbock since 1978.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry served 5,144 days in office, adding up to a 14-year-and-one-month tenure, and resulting in the number 10 spot on the list of longest-serving American governors by the time he exited office and passed the torch to newly inaugurated Governor Greg Abbott.
When he was sworn in on Dec. 21, 2000, Perry embarked on a political career that included as much criticism as it did praise in a red state led by a Democrat-turned-Republican assuming leadership from former governor and president George W. Bush.