**FILE** Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets supporters July 8, 2013, as he leaves Holt Cat in San Antonio after announcing he will not seek re-election. A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states' rights, Perry has been in office nearly 13 years, making him the nation's longest-sitting current governor. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets supporters July 8, 2013, as he leaves Holt Cat in San Antonio after announcing he will not seek re-election. A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states' rights, Perry has been in office nearly 13 years, making him the nation's longest-sitting current governor. (Associated Press)