Perry Named "Texan Of The Year"

The longest-serving governor in Texas history has a Christmas gift of another honor Saturday.

The Dallas Morning News has selected Rick Perry

For its annual "Texan of the Year" award, acknowledging the governor's "Texas tough-guy" image and his firm grip on the

state's highest office.

The newspaper selected Perry because he has become the essential Texas politician and the face of the state.

In 26 years in public office, Perry has never lost an election.