The following statement was issued Monday by the Texas Democratic Party following Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement he will not seek re-election:

Today Gov. Rick Perry announced his plans to not seek re-election. His three terms as Governor of Texas, and notoriously failed Presidential campaign, clearly highlight why the state of Texas will benefit from the end of Perry’s days in public office.

Upon news of Perry’s announcement, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:

“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 four Texans still lack health insurance, and our public education system has been gutted. Hours after his veto of the Texas version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Governor Perry continued his attack on women by limiting access to decisions that should be left to the individual. Rick Perry has made a mockery of our democracy.

“The Texas Democratic Party is getting the ground ready for our gubernatorial candidate. We will run an aggressive campaign to Turn Texas Blue and defeat Greg Abbott, and any other Republican candidate for governor. The new era in Texas politics is beginning.”