(POLITICO) Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Monday he will not run for reelection in 2014 and left open the possibility of making a second run for president.
Citing Ecclesiastes, the 63-year-old and Texas’s longest-serving governor said he would leave office at the end of this term and decide what to do next.
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek reelection as governor of Texas,” said Perry, speaking before supporters at a Caterpillar dealership in San Antonio. “I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state. I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.”