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Longest-serving member of Quebec's legislature announces retirement

Last Updated Feb 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm EDT

MONTREAL – The longest-serving member of Quebec’s legislature is retiring.

Francois Gendron announced on Saturday that he won’t be running for re-election this fall.

Gendron, 73, was first elected to the legislature in 1976 as a member of Rene Levesque’s Parti Quebecois government.

He told The Canadian Press on Friday that he never expected to be elected and thought he would soon be returning to his teaching career.

Instead, he spent 42 years in the legislature, where he served as education minister in the 1980s and was deputy premier between 2012 and 2014.

The long-time Parti Quebecois representative says he’ll remain an active member of the party.