Former Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson is stepping down from politics. 

Stefanson announced Thursday, that after over two decades in the legislature, she is leaving her role as MLA for Tuxedo.

"Thank you, Manitoba, for the opportunity, the responsibility and the honour," said Stefanson. "This will be my last opportunity to address this chamber before my resignation as the MLA for Tuxedo."

Stefanson, first elected in 2000 as an MLA, became Manitoba's first female premier in 2021. After losing the Oct. 3 election, Stefanson announced she would be stepping down as party leader. However, she remained in that role until January.

"During my tenure as premier, we went through some challenging times, but I'm proud of our government's accomplishments."

She said that her 23 years serving as MLA, minister and the first woman premier have been the honour of a lifetime.

"These roles allowed me to serve Manitobans and help pave the way for future generations of women in public service."

Stefanson's last day is May 6, 2024.  There is no word on what she plans to do next.