Once considered to have a promising future in Bay State Republican politics, Rep. Daniel Winslow said Monday morning he plans to resign from the House later this month to pursue a private sector job in software services.
Winslow announced that he has accepted a position as vice president and general counsel at Rimini Street, a Las-Vegas-based global provider of “enterprise software support services.”
According to an aide, Winslow intends to keep his primary residence in Norfolk, but will do some work out of the San Francisco office. Winslow has submitted his resignation letter to the House clerk, effective Sept. 29, necessitating yet another special election in the Legislature and dropping the ranks of the minority party to 29.
“My excitement in joining Rimini Street is tempered by my sadness in leaving the House. I have been thankful for every minute of my service in the Legislature, for the honor of representing the people of the 9th Norfolk towns, and for the opportunity to contribute to debate and solutions to improve our Commonwealth,” Winslow said in a statement. “I hope that my efforts have made a difference and that the ideas I have advanced can be considered in future sessions. I fully appreciate the sacrifice of public service, by our legislators and their families, and hope to remain engaged in civic life in the future.”
Hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Sunday that she would run for governor in 2014, Winslow Tweeted that he would have an announcement of his own about his future Monday morning. Many assumed the former judge and general counsel to Gov. Mitt Romney would run for attorney general after talking with colleagues in recent weeks about the possibility of seeking the top prosecutor job if Coakley stepped aside.
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