Rick Perry to Compete on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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WASHINGTON -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is preparing to step into the spotlight again, this time as a member of the upcoming season of reality television dance competition Dancing with the Stars.

Perry, who will star in the ABC show's 23rd season, took to Twitter to share a photograph of himself and professional dance partner Emma Slater, adding that he hoped to leverage the opportunity to draw attention to veterans affairs.

"I'm dedicated to helping #veterans however possible, and I'm going to use @dancingabc as a stage to do that. #DWTS," the former US Air Force captain wrote Tuesday, referring to the series' acronym.

Perry, who is familiar with facing stiff competition after contesting the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016, will vie against American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Laurie Hernandez, as well as former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. R&B singer Babyface, rapper Vanilla Ice and Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady in the The Brady Bunch, were also announced as part of the competition's latest line-up.

Perry follows in the dancing footsteps of fellow Texan lawmaker Tom DeLay, who participated in 2009, exiting the contest after week three with foot stress fractures.

The new season of Dancing with the Stars begins September 12.

Rick Perry Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of 2016 presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Personal: Birth date: March 4, 1950

Birth place: Paint Creek, Texas

Birth name: James Richard Perry

Father: Joseph Ray Perry, a farmer

Mother: Amelia (Holt) Perry

Marriage: Anita (Thigpen) Perry (November 6, 1982-present)

Children: Sydney; Griffin

Education: Texas A&M University, B.S., 1972

Military Service: U.S. Air Force, 1972-1977

Religion: Methodist

Other Facts: Is an Eagle Scout.

Met his wife, Anita, in elementary school.

Is the longest serving governor in Texas history.

Timeline: 1972-1977 - Serves in the U.S. Air Force flying transport planes.

1977 - Returns to Prairie Creek, Texas, to live and work on his father's farm.

1978 - Forms JR Perry Farms with his father.

1985-1991 - Member of the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from the 64th District.

1989 - Switches to the Republican Party.

1991-1999 - Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

1999-2000 - Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

December 21, 2000 - Perry is sworn in as governor after George W. Bush resigns to become president of the United States.

November 5, 2002 - Perry is elected to a four-year term.

November 7, 2006 - Is re-elected governor.

2008 - Perry's book "On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For" is published.

November 2, 2010 - Perry is elected for a third term in office.

August 13, 2011 - Declares his candidacy for president during a speech in South Carolina.

January 19, 2012 - Suspends his presidential campaign and endorses Newt Gingrich.

July 8, 2013 - Announces that he will not run for re-election as Texas governor in 2014.

August 15, 2014 - A grand jury indicts Rick Perry on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity. He allegedly threatened to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned following her arrest on a drunk driving charge. She stayed in office, and he later vetoed the funding.

August 19, 2014 - Perry voluntarily appears at the Travis County Court house to be booked and fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken. He pleads not guilty to charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of official capacity. The next day he makes the first of six campaign style stops across New Hampshire.

November 18, 2014 - A state district judge in Texas denies a defense motion to have two felony charges dismissed against Perry.

January 15, 2015 - Steps down as governor.

June 4, 2015 - Announces he is running for president at a rally in Addison, Texas.

July 24, 2015 - A Texas appeals court dismisses one of two criminal charges against Perry. The court agrees with the argument from Perry's legal team that a Texas law concerning "coercion of a public servant" violates Perry's First Amendment freedom of speech rights. It is, however, allowing a charge related to abuse of power, to move forward.

September 11, 2015 - Suspends his campaign for the presidency.

January 25, 2016 - Perry announces his presidential endorsement for Ted Cruz.

February 24, 2016 - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals drops charges against Perry alleging he abused his power while in office.