AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken the oath office for an unprecedented third full term.
Perry begins perhaps his most tumultuous stint as governor as the state faces a massive budget shortfall. Corporate donors and wealthy Texans are picking up the $2 million tab for the 2011 inaugural, but the pomp is being scaled to strike a more austere tone during tough economic times.
Perry portrayed his state as a model for the nation, saying historians will call it the "Texas Century."