George Hickes, speaker of the Manitoba Legislature, will be stepping down after holding the post for over a decade.

Hickes announced Thursday he will not be seeking re-election in this fall's provincial election, slated for Oct. 4.

Hickes, 64, was first elected MLA for the NDP in Winnipeg's Point Douglas riding in 1990.

In 1999, he set a precedent by becoming the first speaker to be elected in a free vote.

The Churchill, Man., native was also the first person of Inuit background to be elected in Manitoba.

Hickes said his favourite memory was his mother's reaction when he was elected speaker.

"When I looked up after I was declared elected and I saw the tears in her eyes and when she came down and gave me a big, big hug. That will always stand out for me."

He said he is looking forward to spending time with his family in Nunavut.