Texas Gov. Rick Perry, elected to the Texas Legislature in 1984, came to be known as one of the "Pit Bulls," who sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee and bitterly fought spending increases. (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE/COURTESY OF TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION)
The last part of the caption here says everything you need to know.
Rick Perry: No Government Dollars Spent Without A Fight!
The accompanying article is even more interesting, so I'll refer you there for a bit more insight into the legend that is Rick Perry.