Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Perry is currently Texas' longest serving governor, taking the position when George W. Bush was elected President in 2000.

The announcement paves the way for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to seek the Republican nomination in an election year that will see new leaders in six of the state's top positions.

Among the front runners for the Democratic nomination include State Senator Wendy Davis and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Had Perry chosen to seek reelection, a Republican primary would have been likely as party members like Abbott would have likely grown frustrated with the inability to advance within the state government.

No word on whether Rick Perry plans to run for President again in 2016.