Houston-area homebuilder and major Republican donor Bob Perry has died.

He was 80 years old.

Perry was a major contributor to conservative candidates, including George W. Bush and Rick Perry. He was also a fundraising source for conservative political action committees, known as 527s. That includes the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which raised questions in 2004 about then-presidential candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service.

Several Texas Republicans have responded to news of his death. Gov. Perry, who is not related, released a statement Monday:

“Bob Perry was an exceptional man of great faith who believed strongly in everything he put his mind and soul into, and nothing more so than his family. His astonishing success story as a businessman serves as an inspiration to anyone who ever dreamed of bigger things, and his selfless dedication to the people and causes he believed in serves as an inspiration to anyone who has ever felt the call to get involved. Bob Perry left his state, and his country, in a better place than where he found it, and he will be profoundly missed by us all. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his wife, Doylene, his children, his extended family and friends.”

Through Twitter, Attorney General Greg Abbot said:

“Texas lost a legend today. From school teacher to homebuilder, Bob Perry changed the world. God Bless.”

Perry was born in Bosque County, and went on to form Perry Homes in 1968.