WASHINGTON — Current Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially announced that he will not seek re-election for a fourth term in office as governor.
Reuters reports that Perry, who took office after his predecessor George W. Bush became U.S. president in 2000, had won full terms as governor in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He was famous for bumbling his answer during the 2012 GOP presidential debates where he forgot to name 3 federal agencies that he would cut or eliminate.
At his press conference, Perry said, “the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership” and “I make this announcement with a deep sense of humility and appreciation for the time and the trust the people of this state have given me.”
Rick Perry had been the longest continuously serving governor in the U.S. and had done a good job by the numbers: Texas has seen an expansion in job growth and continues to lure California companies to move their business to the Lone Star State.
He recently called for a special session for Texas lawmakers to pass a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, which the majority of Texans support. It was stalled by Wendy Davis’ filibuster, when liberals called her a champion, but it seems it will pass in this session.
Now rumors are swirling about his potential 2016 presidential run, as Perry did not deny or confirm whether he will run in the GOP presidential primary.