BARRE - In February 2015, I will have served in the Massachusetts State House for 35 years, having begun my career as a legislative aide in 1980. This past summer my wife Valerie and I were discussing what the future holds in store for us and what we would like to do with the rest of our lives. 35 years of commuting to Boston is a long time. And it is indeed the worst part of my job. The second worst part for me is staying overnight in Boston. Boston is a wonderful city, but I really do prefer Barre. Barre and my home on Pleasant Street, I am proud to say, has been my base for my entire life. The role of Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, writing a budget and
defending the Senate’s prerogatives on the conference committee, is a very challenging task
with long hours, replete with frustration at deadlines. It has been my honor to have had this responsibility for three budgets as Chairman and two as Vice-Chairman. Being a cancer survivor has given me a new perspective on what really matters for my family and our future years. Therefore, as I prepare to embark on a new chapter in my life, I would like to announce that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the State Senate. It has been a great honor for me to serve the people of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex and Franklin counties for more than two decades as both a State Representative and State Senator. Anyone who knows of my work ethic knows that I truly love the people I serve. No one has ever enjoyed public service more. I will truly miss the terrific people I have met at the hundreds of events each year. You are a joy to be around.