Senator deMacedo Announces He Will Step Down From Senate Seat

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth and Barnstable State Senator Vinny deMacedo has announced that he is stepping down from his senate seat.

deMacedo has represented the district since 2015 after eight terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

He said that he is leaving his seat in the next few weeks after accepting a position as Director of Regional Partnerships at Bridgewater State University.

“I’m excited by the opportunity to continue working at the intersection of three of the things I’ve focused on in public service: education, health care, and economic opportunity and development,” said Senator deMacedo. “The chance to connect students to career opportunities, to provide constituent services to the next generation, has me thrilled to open the next chapter.”

As Director of Regional Partnerships at Bridgewater State, Senator deMacedo will connect University resources with regional needs.

Senator deMacedo will help address regional workforce needs by connecting Bridgewater State University students with paid internships and collaborate to advance the University’s interests in the region and the state.

“Vinny deMacedo is an exemplary public servant and while he will be sorely missed in the Legislature, I am happy he is bringing his talents to one of the jewels of the Commonwealth’s higher education system,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “He cares about others and that’s why he is a pleasure to be around and to work with. And any organization is lucky to have him as part of the team. I’m thrilled for Vinny, Jennifer, and their family.”

A Cape Verdean immigrant and business owner who is the Ranking Member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator deMacedo said he was proud of a career that has been rooted in constituent services and bipartisanship.

“Outside of my family, there is nothing of which I’ve been prouder than having the honor to represent first the people of Plymouth, and later of Kingston, Pembroke, Bourne, Falmouth, and Sandwich as well,” said Senator deMacedo. “It’s been a privilege to have been a part of a bipartisan Plymouth County and Cape Cod delegation that has worked diligently and in unity to provide the good people of this region with representation at the State House.”

Senator deMacedo was first elected to the Legislature in 1998.

After eight terms in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 2014.

During his time in the Legislature, he received widespread recognition, including being named Legislator of the Year by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Police Association, Legislator of the Year twice by the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association, and Legislator of the Year by the Council of Human Services Providers.

He also received the Presidential Medal from the Government of Cape Verde.

Senator deMacedo and his wife, Jennifer, live in Plymouth and have three children and two grandchildren.

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