State Senate President Murray will not run for re-election
BOSTON (WHDH) -
Senate President Therese Murray announced Saturday that she will not run for re-election this fall.
Murray, who was the first woman elected to lead the State Senate, will be leaving after a 22-year career on Beacon Hill.
“It has been the greatest honor to serve the Commonwealth and I am forever thankful to the people of the Plymouth and Barnstable District for electing me to this seat time and time again,” Murray said in a statement.
Murray's tenure as president was due to end in March 2015, but she was expecting to wait until April for a final decision, according to a press release from the State House.
Senate rules limit a president to eight years in the head seat.
Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst said last year that he had secured enough votes to succeed Murray as president.
Murray, a Democrat, helped with the overhaul of the Department of Social Services in 1995.