This week I received this email from Massachusetts state representative Martha (‘Marty’) Walz:
I’m writing today to let you know I will resign from the House of Representatives in mid-February to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Representing Boston and Cambridge for the past eight years has been an honor — it is work I have loved. I am truly grateful to those who elected (and re-elected!) me, held signs during campaigns, wrote checks, and worked side-by-side with me to make Boston and Cambridge better places to live and to ensure that Massachusetts is a vibrant state with an unlimited future.
I will miss serving in the House and representing the 8th Suffolk District, but I could not pass up this opportunity to lead Planned Parenthood. The debates during the passage of the Affordable Care Act and throughout last year’s elections make it clear that we can never take for granted a woman’s right to make personal medical decisions. I look forward to protecting that right and ensuring that all women have the health care they need and deserve.
PPLM has worked to protect the reproductive health of Massachusetts residents and promote freedom of choice for more than 80 years. Today, PPLM operates seven health centers serving nearly 50,000 women and men, leads pioneering education and research programs, and pursues high-impact advocacy during elections and within state government. It is an extraordinary organization, and I’m thrilled to become its next CEO.
A special election will take place in the spring to fill my legislative seat. In the meantime, my excellent staff will remain in place to provide assistance.
Thank you for the privilege of being your representative.
Walz was one of those rare politicians who began as a community activist and remained true to her roots. Planned Parenthood is very lucky to have her: she has a lot of connections and is a good political operator.
Though this means we’re going to have another fucking special election….