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Gov. Perry Baptized in Same Creek as Sam Houston

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    FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 04: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during a press conference held at the front gate to Fort Hood about Iraq war veteran, Ivan Lopez, who killed three and wounded 16 before taking his own life on April 4, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Gov. Rick Perry has long revered Texas icon Sam Houston and now shares a spiritual connection with one of his political heroes: getting baptized in the same creek.

    Perry was dunked last month in Little Rocky Creek near the small town of Independence in a private baptism witnessed only by close friends and family. Spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Tuesday that Perry "wanted to reaffirm his commitment" to his faith in a way that holds great personal meaning.

    The baptism was first reported by The Texas Tribune.

    The creek is the same one where Houston was baptized before becoming the seventh governor of Texas in 1859.

    The Texas Tribune reports that following Houston's baptism he said he pitied the fish downstream; there is no word on what Perry said following his dunking.

    Perry will leave office in January after a record 14 years on the job. He hasn't ruled out another run for president in 2016.