Farewell our good and faithful servant--after dedicating half  his life to public service, 14th District Representative Norm Johnson has announced that he will retire from public office at the end of his term.

Johnson says he's enjoyed the work but family calls, "I’ve enjoyed working for the people of my district. But my kids live elsewhere and I’d like to travel while my health is still good.”

The 79 year old legislator's resume shows service in Mabton on the Town Council, then 20 years on the Toppenish City Council, followed by 3 years on the Yakima City Council and for the last 10 years as a state legislator.

As a former teacher, school counselor and principal, Johnson’s passion for education has significantly influenced his work as a legislator.

He co-sponsored a bill to establish the WSU Medical School and has proudly supported Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and Heritage University.

Replacements are already scrambling with at least one local elected official see to announce Monday their candidacy for Johnson's 14th District position.