THE North East's longest serving MP, Ken Jasper, has officially announced he will be retiring at the next Victorian election.
The Nationals member for Murray Valley revealed his decision at a media conference in Wangaratta.
“Local communities can be assured I will be continuing in working closely with the electorate until the state election 27 November 2010," Mr Jasper said.
“I believe I am leaving a legacy of working within the electorate for others to build on in the future so we can continue to promote this great part of Australia.”
Nationals state president Robert Mitchell congratulated Mr Jasper on his long parliamentary service which began in 1976.
“He has tirelessly represented the area and always put the interest of his constituents front and centre in Parliament,” Mr Mitchell said.
He said nominations would now be sought to replace Mr Jasper from the 2010 election.
Murray Valley is one of the safest conservative seats in Victoria.