PLYMOUTH – The senior member of the local legislative delegation is stepping down to take a job in the academic world.
Vinny deMacedo, the Republican state senator for the First Plymouth and Barnstable District for the last five years, will leave the Statehouse to become the director of regional partnerships for Bridgewater State University.
DeMacedo, who served as a state representative for Plymouth for 16 years before moving to the Senate to succeed Senate President Therese Murray, said he decided earlier this year that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term in the Senate next fall. DeMacedo, who turned 54 Oct. 16, said he wanted to spend more time with family and less on the road.
The ranking minority member of the Senate Way and Means Committee, deMacedo said he will step down sometime in the next few weeks. He said he has already shared his decision with the governor and Senate president and expects a special election will fill his seat for the remainder of the term.
As director of regional partnerships, deMacedo will work as the university’s ambassador to nine chambers of commerce in Southern Massachusetts, from Quincy to Cape Cod. His job will focus on doubling the number of student internships from 500 to 1,000.
“It’s an existing position but I think I bring a new skill set to that,” deMacedo said. “I’ve spent a lot of time working with chambers and have a strong relationship with the healthcare community through BID in Plymouth and Partners on the Cape, and, of course, I’ve worked closely with school committees and all the K-12 schools in the district. I just really believe I’m uniquely qualified to make that a reality.”
In recent years, under President Frederick Clark Jr., Esq., the University has forged ground-breaking relationships with neighboring Massasoit Community College and Bristol Community College to help students transition to a four-year degree, and is expanding BSU’s College of Continuing Studies to serve the needs of adult learners.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to still be in public service but not have to spend four hours a day in a car.”
State Sen. Vinny deMacedo
“This position is critical to helping our students, to connecting them to pathways to employment, and in turn helping regional employers to find the talent, resources and programs they need to thrive,” Clark said in deMacedo’s announcement, “and there is simply no one who understands Southeastern Massachusetts better or is more respected than Senator deMacedo.”
The position will earn the senator $99,000 annually.
DeMacedo said he has been honored to serve the people of Pembroke, Kingston, Bourne, Sandwich and Falmouth over the last five years and the people of Plymouth for the last 22 years. He was elected as a representative to Plymouth Town Meeting in 1997 and became state representative for the town the next year. DeMacedo served eight terms as a representative before succeeding Murray in the Senate in the 2014 election.
He said politics and traveling to serve his constituents have taken a toll on family life. When he started his son was an infant; now he is graduating from college and about to pursue a master’s degree. DeMacedo and his wife have two grandchildren as well.
DeMacedo has owned a gas station in Cedarville throughout his career in government and will continue to run the business while at Bridgewater State. He plans to continue working at the station every morning from 6 to 7 a.m., before starting work for the university.
“Everything has a season. It’s been a great opportunity but you have to assess what you’re going to for the next 12 years – continue to run for office every two years or step out? It’s a big decision, but I feel it’s the right thing for myself and my family,” deMacedo said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to still be in public service but not have to spend four hours a day in a car.”