State Sen. Humason plans Senate departure on Jan. 6

  • SEN. DONALD HUMASON, R-Westfield

State House News Service
Published: 12/11/2019 2:31:20 PM

BOSTON — State Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, will resign from the Senate on Jan. 6, his office said Wednesday, as he prepares to take over as mayor of Westfield.

The Senate clerk’s office confirmed it has received Humason’s resignation letter, which allows Senate leadership to schedule an election to fill his seat.

The Westfield Republican is in his fourth term in the Senate. He will be inaugurated as mayor in early January after winning a close election in November.

Since Dec. 2, Humason has been pinch-hitting on the supplemental budget conference committee, after state Sen. Vinny deMacedo — the Senate Republican caucus’ longtime point person on fiscal matters — resigned at the end  of November.

Before his 2012 election to the Senate, Humason served for 10 years in the House. His departure will leave the Republican Party with only four members in the 40-seat Senate.

According to a news report from MassLive on Wednesday, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin characterized Humason’s resignation letter as “worthless” because it doesn’t contain the word irrevocable, and thus can’t be used to schedule an election. He also said that this omission is part of a Republican voter suppression effort.

In response, Humason was quoted as saying he thinks Galvin is being “persnickety.”

The 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate District includes Holyoke, Westfield, Agawam, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Tolland, Easthampton, Southampton and parts of Chicopee.


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