Texas Governor Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, announced on Monday afternoon that he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Perry made the announcement to a gathering of supporters in San Antonio at the largest Caterpillar plant in the country.
"The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today I will not seek reelection as Governor of Texas," said Perry. "I am looking forward to serving out the next 18 months. Any future considerations I will announce in due time."
The 63-year-old Perry, from Paint Creek, TX, has served as governor of Texas since 2000. He was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1985. He went on to serve as the agriculture commissioner from 1991-1999, then was lieutenant governor from 1999-2000.
2014 will be the first time Perry will not be on a statewide ballot since 1990.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tweeted shortly after the announcement, thanking Perry for his service and conservative leadership. Political experts believe Abbott will run for governor in the 2014 election.
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