Leonard Krog first arrived at the BC Legislature in 1991 to serve as the MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, on Friday, more than 27-years later, he walked away.
The MLA for Nanaimo since 2005, Krog officially stepped down.
The move came a little more than a month after he was elected mayor of Nanaimo.
Krog took office on November 5th but agreed to continue serving as an MLA until the end of the Fall session to help ensure the minority NDP government could pass legislation.
The 65-year-old received a fond farewell from politicians of all stripes.
“Thanks for your service. More importantly your humanity, class, and dedication,” wrote Liberal MLA Rich Coleman.
“You have been an example showing we can debate, disagree, laugh, and become friends.”
A date has not been set for the byelection to replace Krog, but it must be held within six months.
Premier John Horgan has already said a new MLA will be in place by the time the next budget is debated in February.