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.
"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 one 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