FITCHBURG -- State Representative Emile J. Goguen says he will not seek reelection this fall after 16 years in the Legislature.
The Fitchburg Democrat, 72, who was first elected to represent the Third Worcester District after 24 years on the City Council, said he is leaving office to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.
''Over 40 years in this business is enough," he said. ''It's time to get new blood in here."
Goguen said he is most proud of the improvements he has helped bring to Fitchburg. He said the city's new high school, two parking garages, urban renewal money, and a tripling of Chapter 70 school aid since 1994 are his top accomplishments. He was also an advocate for education reform.
In recent years, he has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.
He supported an amendment to ban gay marriage but allow civil unions in Massachusetts, which the Legislature struck down, and also filed a bill to remove the Supreme Judicial Court justices who voted to legalize gay marriage in 2003.
He has also battled health problems in recent years, including a heart attack, but takes pride in the fact that he missed few roll calls.
Goguen said he has no plans to slow down. He said he will continue doing community service on an informal basis, and will remain available to consult with local political leaders if requested.