GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After nearly two decades in the Mississippi legislature, a state house representative says it's time for change.
Rep. Frances Fredericks, who serves District 119 in Gulfport, says she does not intend to run in the next election set for 2011.
"I want to sit on the front porch for a little while," Fredericks said.
At 73, Rep. Fredericks says she's ready to say goodbye to politics in the next few years.
"I do not plan to run again at all. This will be my last term," she said. "I think it's time for someone else to come and fill this position. It's kind of funny. I look at the position now. You now since this position was created, it's only been a husband and wife to serve in it ."
Her husband, Isaiah Fredericks, was the first person to represent House District 119. He served for 11 years until his death in 1990. That same year, his widow ran for her husband's seat in a special election and won.
"When I was first elected, I did not like it," Rep. Fredericks said. "The pace was slow. The things that were going on just didn't seem to interest me at the particular time. But since then, I've gotten more involved. I've grown to love the position. I've grown to love the work that I do. I can see difference that has been made because of my presence."
Rep. Fredericks says she has a bit of advice for her successor.
"I hope that whoever gets this position will be a dedicated person. You almost have to be dedicated to serve."
Rep. Fredericks says she doesn't expect the next generation of her family to throw their hats into the political ring. She says her children have no interest in holding public office.