Texas Congressman Ron Paul announced on Tuesday that he won't be seeking re-election in the House of Representatives.

The 12-term congressman stated he will not be seeking re-election in the House so he can focus more on the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

I have decided not to seek re-election for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy winning the presidency, Paul wrote on his Facebook page.

In the past Paul has tried to juggle his congressional re-election efforts while trying to mount a viable presidential campaign. But this time around Paul figured it was time to change things up and focus all of his attention on his goal to become the next president.

I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election, Paul told The Facts. It's about that time when I should change tactics.

Brazoria County Republican Chair Yvonne Dewey told The Facts that she was very surprised that Paul has decided against seeking re-election..

I'm surprised, she said. He has won very handily in the last few elections. He's hung in there all these years.

The former obstetrician and gynecologist has been very popular among libertarians and the Tea Party movement. This will be Paul's third presidential campaign.