A Letter to My Constituents

Dear Constituents of the 37th Middlesex District,

I wanted to let you know that after careful consideration and consultation with my family, I have accepted an offer to become the president of the Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL), a progressive coalition of business leaders from across Massachusetts. I have submitted a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives stating my intention to resign as your representative effective January 8, 2020. Though I am excited for this new opportunity, I am truly saddened I will no longer be your voice in Boston. 

When I first ran for this office in 2008, I promised to be your champion on Beacon Hill. Since then, I have helped pass protections for consumers, increased funding for special education, and secured millions of dollars for infrastructure and economic development projects in the District. We worked together to improve the design of the South Acton train station, helped Ayer and Shirley through the growing pains of a new regionalized school district, and passed reforms to hold utilities accountable so that a power outage like the one that paralyzed Lunenburg for weeks after the 2008 ice storm never happens again.

In my new position at ABL, I will continue to work to improve the lives of all residents of Massachusetts by bringing together business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth to advocate for issues related to clean energy, transportation, housing, and workplace opportunities.

It has been the honor of my life to serve as your voice in the Legislature. Representing you has been the most rewarding, challenging, and transformative experience, and I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me. Thank you for allowing me to serve you for the past 11 years.

With gratitude,

Jen Benson