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Kerry To Make "Thank You Tour" Of Massachusetts


Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is saying his thank-you’s and goodbyes as he prepares to become the country’s Secretary of State.

In a nearly hour long farewell address in the Senate Chamber, Kerry lamented the recent gridlock in the legislative process, but said he had hope in seeing a new generation of Senators not given to cynicism. He said it was the honor of a lifetime to represent Massachusetts in the senate for 29  years.

Kerry will thank constituents in farewell tour of Massachusetts that starts Thursday morning in Springfield. His resignation from the senate is effective Friday afternoon.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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