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MP Rob Nicholson to retire
Rob Nicholson, Conservative MP for the riding of Niagara Falls, has announced his retirement. (Supplied photo/Rob Nicholson/Facebook)

Rob Nicholson, Conservative MP in the Niagara Falls riding, will not run in the next federal election.

As the longest-serving Conservative MP, a 66-year-old Nicholson has worked under three Conservative prime ministers: Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Stephen Harper. He was first elected to Parliament in 1984 and was re-elected six more times.

“It has been an honour to represent the riding of Niagara Falls in the House of Commons and I am incredibly grateful to the people of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake who put their trust in me to serve as their Member of Parliament,” Nicholson said in a statement. “I am confident that under the leadership of Andrew Scheer, a Conservative Government will be elected this October and I look forward to lending my support to the campaign.”

Before entering politics, Nicholson was a practicing lawyer and he was also a Niagara Region councillor for six years.

“I have been truly blessed to have fulfilled my dream job of serving as a Member of Parliament,” Nicholson said in a statement. “I am looking forward to spending time with my wife Arlene and our family, who have been so supportive throughout my political career.”