POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 1:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 8:34am
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — During a special announcement on Monday, Governor Rick Perry announced he would not seek re-election as Governor of Texas.
Perry announced this after being introduced by his wife, Anita Perry.
As reported last week, Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, invited supporters to join him and his family at an event today in San Antonio at which he unveiled "exciting future plans."
The announcement today is likely paving the way for Attorney General Greg Abbott to succeed him.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) today made the following statement after Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will not seek reelection: “Under Governor Perry’s leadership, Texas has been a shining example that less government, lower taxes and fewer regulations helps to grow jobs and move our economy forward. It’s a striking contrast to the big government, big spending, liberal mindset of the current Administration.
“Sandy and I wish Gov. Perry and Anita the best, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on behalf of 26 million Texans.”