Amid a federal investigation, Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce says he will not seek re-election in 2016.
“I have worked hard for Milton and achieved results, while always trying to abide by the rules. I will continue to work hard for Milton and all of the district but will not seek re-election,’’ the Milton lawyer told his local paper, the Milton Times.
Joyce tweeted the article shortly after it published Tuesday.
“On a personal note, Mary and I are very touched by the many kind gestures of support and love from our neighbors and friends,’’ he added.
More than a dozen FBI and IRS agents raided Joyce’s Canton law office last Wednesday, following reports that the former assistant majority leader used campaign funds to pay for his son’s graduation party and that he accepted free dry cleaning for more than a decade — among other ways he allegedly used his senate position to benefit himself.
Joyce has denied he did anything wrong.
The Democratic senator, who represents 10 towns in the Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth district just south of Boston, may have faced a contested re-election battle.
Walter Timilty, a Democratic state representative from Milton for 18 years, took out nomination papers Tuesday for Joyce’s seat, Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, told Boston.com.
According to McNiff, a Republican named Frank Morrissey also took out nomination papers for the seat last Friday.
State senate candidates have until May 3 to collect the 300 signatures and submit their candidacy nomination papers locally. They have until May 31 to file those nomination papers, once certified, with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
In a statement Tuesday, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he wishes Joyce well in his future endeavors, applauding his fellow Democrat’s record:
“Senator Joyce has served the constituents of his district for more than 20 years. A strong supporter of public education, throughout his career he fought to secure funding for public school buildings across his district. In addition, he cared deeply for senior citizens and protecting the disabled. He took tough votes against public opinion on numerous issues including marriage equality and the death penalty.’’