Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing

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After a decade in office, Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is retiring. The Democrat has represented the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District since he was just 25 years old. Downing spoke with WAMC about what’s on his mind as he leaves office. 

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Retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing will go to work for a solar energy firm after leaving the State House. 

Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing
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Western Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is endorsing his fellow Democrat who is running to replace him.

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Another person has decided to run for the western Massachusetts state senate seat held by outgoing Democrat Ben Downing.

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Putting to rest speculation, State Representative Paul Mark said Thursday he is not running for the Massachusetts Senate. He will instead seek a fourth term in the House.

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A community organizer who spent time working for the United Nations is running for the Massachusetts Senate.

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While Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has outlined his priorities in the State of the Commonwealth address and the administration’s budget proposal in the past week, western Massachusetts lawmakers are also figuring what issues to tackle in the legislative session.

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Western Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier announced this morning that she will not run for the area’s state Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Ben Downing.

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Two western Massachusetts lawmakers are thinking about trying their luck at replacing their Senate colleague following Ben Downing’s announcement Monday that he is not seeking reelection.

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Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing announced Monday morning that he is not running for reelection this year.

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Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg spent Wednesday touring Pittsfield with political, education and businesses leaders. It’s a continuation of the Democrat’s push to get lawmakers to learn more about areas outside their districts.

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As 2015 approaches, Democratic lawmakers from the Berkshires are eying a new legislative session — and for the first time in eight years, a Republican governor.

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Massachusetts Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders are promising to work together to address the state's most pressing issues despite their political differences.

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Massachusetts Democrats will look toward State Senator Ben Downing of Pittsfield to lead the party during this election cycle.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party named Downing co-chair of the Coordinated Campaign Wednesday. The party acknowledged the Pittsfield native as a rising political star representing Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties since 2007.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has weighed in on the decision to close North Adams Regional Hospital this upcoming Friday and lay off 530 workers.

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A state senator from western Massachusetts has announced he will run for a fifth term.

Since winning a 2006 election for an open seat, Democratic State Senator Ben Downing has run unopposed in every election since. Representing 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District, Downing says his work is not done.