MIKE Horan made politics a priority over rugby perhaps for the last time at the weekend.
Mr Horan officially retired on Friday afternoon after 21 years as the Member for Toowoomba South, handing over the reins to John McVeigh.
Yet despite the end of his political career, he spent much of Saturday at Harristown State High School handing out how to vote cards for Mr McVeigh and the LNP.
Even the allure of his beloved Rangers rugby club playing its first trial of the season could not drag him off of the campaign trail.
Mr Horan said the excitement of the LNP forming government was too good to resist.
"I'm excited about the bright future Queensland has ahead of it under the decisive and strong leadership of Campbell Newman," he said.
Mr Horan, a former Opposition leader, admitted it wasn't difficult deciding to stand down and retire from politics.
"I just feel it was the right time to finish," he said.
"I'm excited and looking forward to the next stage of my life."