Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today announced that he will be resigning his position in government. Murray has been the state's lieutenant governor since 2007. Before that, he served as the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Murray announced his resignation today in a joint press conference with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Murray stated that he is leaving his position to take on the role of president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
"This unique, new opportunity will allow me to continue to work on the economic and community development initiatives and ideas that I have worked on over 15 years in elective office," said Murray.
Murray had announced in January that he did not intend to run for governor after Patrick's term ended. Even so, he made it clear today that he had planned to serve out his term as lieutenant governor and that he initially rejected the Worcester offer "because the timing was too immediate." He then reconsidered, and now believes that he can build "economic growth, job creation, and community development" in Massachusetts through the private sector.
Murray has posted his statement to his Facebook page, where he is receiving mostly well-wishes for his decision: