Gov. Rick Perry is commenting on Susan Combs’ announcement that she won’t be running for political office in 2014. His office released a statement today.

“Susan Combs has played a key role in cultivating the strength of the Texas economy, and has been a trusted and capable steward of the public accounts for many years. A major proponent of openness in government, she leaves behind a legacy of transparency, and a state that’s more responsive, more accessible and more accountable to the public. Anita joins me in wishing Susan the best in the future.” – Gov. Rick Perry

Attorney General Greg Abbott also released a statement:

“The State of Texas has been lucky to have Susan serving as one of its leaders for so many years. Whether it was fighting to increase transparency in state and local spending, helping create a more business friendly climate in Texas, or being a pioneer on issues like childhood obesity and school nutrition, Susan has always had the best interest of Texans in mind. Susan’s leadership will be missed, and I thank her for years of dedicated service to the State of Texas.” – Attorney General Greg Abbott