SAN ANGELO, Texas — Serving his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas' 11th congressional district, and now only has 17 more months until he says goodbye to the job.

“I’ll miss my team I have been bless to have the best group of public servants that you can possibly imagine,” Conaway said.

After almost two decades of serving the people of West Texas, Conaway said through the highlights and triumphs there will be some things he won’t mind leaving behind.

“I won’t miss getting on airplanes as often as I do , I love to fly but a round trip to D.C can get daunting from time to time. I’m not quitting because I don’t like the job I’m quitting because its time,” Conaway said.

Conaway reflected on the things he wishes he would have known more about going into the role as a representative.

“I was really naive about the whole process I know the mechanics but the lifestyle you live is different than I thought,” Conaway said.

Conaway said he has a last piece of advice for voters before they go to the polls.

“Folks will be looking at the candidates and need to inform themselves if they have led something before do, they listen will they learn,” Conaway said.

With more than a year left in his term he hopes that his legacy is one that he never stopped serving his constituents.

“I want people to say 17 months from now that they couldn’t see a difference in Mike Conaway before he announced he was retiring and Mike Conaway after he announced he was retiring,” Conaway said.