Rick Perry announces retirement

In a speech given on Monday afternoon, Texas governor Rick Perry told San Antonio’s Holt Cat construction workforce and other attendees for his highly anticipated announcement that he plans to step down at the end of his third gubernatorial term, which ends in January 2015, and will not seek reelection. In 2010, Perry became Texas’s first governor to be elected to three consecutive four-year terms. Now, there will not be a fourth term.

“The time has come to pass on the mantel of leadership,” Perry said. “Today I am announcing I will not seek reelection as the next governor of Texas … I make this announcement with a deep sense of humility … and knowing I will truly miss serving in this capacity, because it is the greatest job in modern politics.”

In March, Perry told the right-wing political blog Shark Tank to “check me in June” concerning plans for a 2016 presidential run. (Which he still could do.) Any future plans, Perry added at his Monday announcement, will be made at a later date. “For now,” he said, “my focus is … to do what’s best for Texas.”

h/t NBC News