Ben Perry is a conservative Republican..
A long-time resident of Woodway, Texas. Ben began life in Waco in 1981 on an athletic scholarship to Baylor University where he was a three-year letterman under legendary Baylor Coach Grant Teaff.
After a brief stint as an insurance producer, Ben fulfilled a goal to enter a life in law enforcement. In 1987, Ben joined forces with the Woodway Police Department where he worked as a patrolman and firefighter until 1995 when he joined with Waco Police Department as a patrolman and detective.
Since 2000, Ben has gained valuable business experience as a property/casualty producer and contract bond specialist for Sunbelt/Higginbotham Insurance Agency. In addition to his insurance experience, Ben is also co-owner of a Shipley's Donut franchise and has served on several local boards including The ARC of McLennan County, The Family Abuse Shelter, and Midway Little League Board. He is also the 2003 recipient of the Generation 2000 Award from the Huntington Disease Society.
Ben understands the daily pursuits of local families trying to make it in tough economic times. His wife of 20 plus years, Kariann, and two daughters, Kaydi and Jill, inspire Ben to strive for excellence at his many endeavors and motivate him to work hard to bring the best resources together to help reduce the tax-payer burden of local home-owners and families. Ben has strived as County Commissioner to a reduced and streamlined county budget reflected by lower property tax rates while keeping Central Texas dollars in Central Texas by working with local contractors on county projects.
Ben has been very involved with the law enforcement for McLennan County, Animal Advisory Board, working with county department heads and county official to improve policies and procedures within the county. He was instrumental in establishing the counties self-insured health plan which has been a great benefit to the employees. He gave the citizens of Benevolence Way and Furlong Way in the Highland Park Estates Subdivision new hope by having the road repaired after years of neglect that emergency vehicles were unable to travel the road.
He represents the county on the HOT Fair Board of Directors, Waco Sports Commission, EAOC Board of Directors, and was elected to represent the county as a member of the Appraisal Board . Ben was appointed by the Governor of The State of Texas to serve on the Jail Standards Commission.
Ben's experience in law enforcement and business, along with the support of his family, provide him the tools necessary to work on achieving his goals.