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Baddour to leave Mass. Senate, join law firm

March 26, 2012
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BOSTON—State Sen. Steven Baddour said Monday he is resigning his seat in the Legislature to become a partner in a Boston law firm.

Baddour, a five-term Democrat from Methuen, currently serves as vice chairman of the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee. In his previous role as co-chair of the Transportation Committee, he played a key role in passage of a 2009 law that overhauled the state's transportation bureaucracy.

"Undoubtedly, this is one of the more complex and important decisions of my life," Baddour wrote in a letter to constituents announcing that he planned to join the firm of McDermott, Will & Emery.

"While it is difficult to leave my position as your senator, a job that I have loved and enjoyed for so many years, my new position will allow me to spend more time with my wife, Ann, and daughters, Isabella and Victoria," he said.

Senate President Therese Murray, in a statement, said Baddour will be missed.

"Steve worked tirelessly to successfully reform our transportation system and his work on this legislation and many other issues will benefit the Commonwealth for decades to come," Murray said.

Baddour did not give an exact date for his departure from the Senate.

It was not immediately clear if a special election would be held to fill Baddour's seat or if it would remain vacant until after the November election. The Senate is scheduled to end its formal two-year session on July 31.

Baddour was also one of the three Senate negotiators on a conference committee that has been trying for months to hammer out an agreement on a contentious bill overhauling the state's sentencing and parole laws. Murray quickly moved on Monday to name Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster, to replace Baddour on the conference committee.

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