Kelowna–Mission MLA Steve Thomson has announced he will not be standing at the next provincial election.
The BC Liberal, first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017, said he wants to “pass the torch to the next generation of leadership” in the city.
“Serving as the MLA for Kelowna-Mission has been the experience of a lifetime, and an absolute honour,” he said.
He added: “Having served as a government minister, a member of the Treasury Board, and even briefly as Speaker of the House, I look forward to sharing everything I have learned in over a decade in politics with those who will put their names forward to seek to represent this great community.
“Thank you again to everyone who supported or accompanied me on this incredible journey. It has been an honour to serve the people of Kelowna-Mission all these years.
Steve Thomson speaking to KelownaNow last year:
“I look forward to continuing to work hard for the community and for the province until the next election and beyond.”
He also issued a special thanks to his family, colleagues, constituents and volunteers.
Thomson is currently co-critic for Citizens’ Services and Trade and sits on the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs.
He previously served as minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations as well as minister of natural resource operations, minister of energy and minister of agriculture and lands.
Before that, he was the executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and served as a general manager at the BC Fruit Growers Association and BC Milk Producers Association.