Rick Perry became the Governor of Texas in December of 2000. He announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2014. He bragged today that during his tenure as governor, he has created 1.6 million jobs.
Perry became the Governor of Texas when George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. He had been Lieutenant Governor since 1998.
On August 13, 2011, Perry announced that he was going to run for President in 2012. He later endorsed Mitt Romney.
He is 47th, and longest serving governor of Texas.
“I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry said. “Today I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state.”
Perry was heavily criticized recently for comments he made about State Senator Wendy Davis, who became famous because she filibustered what would have been the most destructive anti-abortion bill in the nation. He says his remarks about Senator Davis were meant to be “complimentary,” although they included comments about her ‘mother not having an abortion,’ and that she, herself, had a child ‘out of wedlock’ as a teenager.
Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to be the Republican choice to replace Perry.
Politicos expect Perry to continue his autocratic methods until he leaves office in 2014. His first effort will be to force through the anti-abortion bill Senator Davis was attempting to halt. He will ‘call as many special sessions as need be to get the bill passed.’
During his speech, he ‘more than hinted’ at a possible run for the Presidency in 2016.
For now, the people of Texas know that Rick Perry will not be a candidate for governor in 2014.
Alfred James reporting