AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Politicians and others weighed in Monday on the news that Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, won't seek re-election next year.
"It has been a tremendous honor to work alongside Governor Rick Perry to help lead the great State of Texas. As Governor, Rick Perry has fought for lower taxes, less regulation and more job creation - all of which have helped Texas claim the best business climate in the nation. Along the way, Governor Perry has kept Washington in check, working to block an intrusive federal government from meddling in our personal lives and preventing the heavy hand of government from stifling small businesses in Texas."
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, long considered a potential candidate for governor
"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."
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
"I have fought on the front lines with Governor Perry to help create jobs, cut taxes, and stop federal overreach. If Texas is to remain the envy of the nation, we need strong conservative leaders like him in the future that will fight back against Obama and his liberal allies in Texas."
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, running for lieutenant governor in 2014
"I usually disagree with the Governor several times per day, but I appreciate his love of Texas and wish him the best of luck. Unfortunately, his legacy will be 1 of cutting education funding, pushing more testing into our classrooms, and promoting issues that divide Texans rather than bringing us together."
Texas Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio
"After twelve years of failed policies and divisive rhetoric, it's welcome news that Governor Perry announced he will not run for re-election. It's time for a new era in the Lone Star State - Texans deserve a leader who will stand up and fight for their values."
Jenn Brown, executive director of the left-leaning group Battleground Texas
"He has held the line on government. He has created an economic engine that is the envy of the nation and has really stuck to his conservative principles and been successful doing so."
Ray Sullivan, longtime staffer and former spokesman for Perry's failed presidential run
"While thousands of Texans throughout the state rally to protect women's rights and make their voices heard during the second Special Session, Perry continues to focus on his own agenda and interests. Texans know how Perry has failed as a leader. After his three terms as governor, one out of 4 Texans still lack health insurance, and our public education system has been gutted."
Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party chairman
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