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NEW: State Sen Ben Downing Eyeing Possible Senate Run

Friday, December 21, 2012


Pittsfield State Senator Benjamin Downing announced that he is considering a run for U.S. Senate following President Barack Obama's nomination of senior Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to Secretary of State on Friday.

“I want to congratulate Senator Kerry on his nomination for Secretary of State. He has been a tremendous Senator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States, and I know he will represent our nation with honor and courage in the face of difficult international challenges," Downing said in a statement.

First elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2006, Downing, a Democrat representing the 48 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District, the largest Senate district in the Commonwealth, was re-elected in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

"We are on the verge of a new era of America opportunity, and voters want new voices and new ideas," said Downing. "While there will be no vacancy until Senator Kerry is confirmed, in the next few weeks I will be meeting with people throughout the Commonwealth as I consider a run for senate. In the meantime, I hope that all residents of Massachusetts have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and take a break from politics over the next week to enjoy some time with their families.”

Senator Downing currently serves as the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which is tasked with reviewing all matters concerning the exploration, exploitation and development of energy sources. He also serves as vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and is the ranking member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.


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