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Dean Of Western Mass. Legislative Delegation Retiring After 34 Years


The longest-serving current member of the western Massachusetts state legislative delegation is retiring.

State Rep. Thomas Petrolati, a Ludlow Democrat, first elected to the Massachusetts House in 1986, is not going to run for another term.

Petrolati represents the 7th Hampden District, which includes Ludlow and parts of Belchertown, Chicopee, and the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield.

Once the third-highest ranking member in the House as Speaker pro tempore, Petrolati now chairs the House Committee on Steering, Policy & Scheduling.

Petrolati spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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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