State Rep. Dan Winslow stepping down, joining software firm

State Representative Daniel B. Winlsow, a Norfolk Republican, said today that he will resign from the House to become an executive at a software company.

Winslow’s announcement surprised some political observers who expected the former district court judge would enter the nascent race to replace Martha Coakley as attorney general.

A former chief legal counsel to Governor Mitt Romney, Winslow finished a disappointing third in the race for the Republican nomination for US Senate this year, losing to Gabriel E. Gomez, the victor, and behind the second-place finisher, Michael J. Sullivan.

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In a press release today, Winlsow said that he will step down from his House seat on Sept. 29 to become senior vice president and general counsel of Rimini Street, Inc., a Las Vegas-based company that provides software support services for Oracle and SAP licensees.

“My excitement in joining Rimini Street is tempered by my sadness in leaving the House,” he said. “I have been thankful for every minute of my service in the Legislature, for the honor of representing the people of the 9th Norfolk towns, and for the opportunity to contribute to debate and solutions to improve our Commonwealth.”