A STALWART of the Queensland Nationals, Senator Ron Boswell celebrated 30 years in the Senate on Tuesday, vowing to continue serving the parliament until his retirement in June 2014.
Senator Boswell said it had been an honour and a privilege to serve in the Senate for more than three decades.
"I am grateful for the cherished memories and moments I have shared with friends and colleagues during my time in parliament," he said.
"The National Party (now the Liberal National Party) has been monumental in its support, having continually endorsed me as a Senator this past 30 years.
"The party has my eternal gratitude and loyalty."
Senator Boswell served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Transport, during the Howard Government.
He also served on 19 different Senate committees between 1983 and 2012, and as Leader of the Nationals in the Senate between 1990 and 2007.
Senator Boswell said it was time for younger people to come through, and thanked all those Queenslanders who had continued to vote for him in the past 30 years.