Outgoing Member for Euroa Steph Ryan. ​

MEMBER for Euroa Steph Ryan will not contest her seat at November’s state election, stepping down after eight years representing the electorate in Victoria’s Legislative Assembly.

Ms Ryan has been the deputy leader of the Victorian Nationals since 2014 – becoming the first woman appointed to a leadership position within the party at state or federal level at age 28.

She is also the current shadow minister in the water, public transport and roads, and gaming and liquor regulation portfolios.

Ms Ryan proved a popular local member and was one of the few Liberal-Nationals coalition MPs returned to Victorian Parliament with an increased majority at the 2018 election.

She said after serving two parliamentary terms and with a growing family, she had decided the time was right to step away from state politics.

“With a little one at home and another on the way, it is time for me to seek a job that offers greater flexibility,” she said.

“Serving my community as the first member for Euroa has been the honour of a lifetime. The greatest pleasure of this job has been the opportunity it has afforded me to meet every day people doing extraordinary things.

“I am also immensely proud to have served as the deputy leader of The Nationals for the past eight years and to be the first woman in the party’s history to be elected to a leadership position, state or federal.

“I want to thank our leader Peter Walsh and my colleagues for their friendship and unwavering support over that time.”

Ms Ryan said she the time was right for a new representative in the electorate.

“Thanks to the talent and ingenuity of the people who call it home, our region’s future is bright,” she said.

“I have always taken my duty to my electorate as my first priority.

“I believe our community deserves someone who can devote 150 per cent of their time and energy to representing them. In reality that means someone who can give freely of weeknights and weekends and that, at this stage in my life, is not compatible with my wish to be more present for my family.”

Ms Ryan said she believed the National Party was as important to country communities today as it was 100 years ago.

“Country people need a party that works together as a team to represent the unique challenges we face,” she said.

“Over the next six months, I will continue to work tirelessly to see a new government led by Matthew Guy and Peter Walsh elected to ensure regional Victoria and my communities get their fair share.”

See next week’s edition of the Review for more on Ms Ryan’s announcement.

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