Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing

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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.