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Steven Baddour leaving Senate to spend time with family, join McDermott Will & Emery law firm

State Senator Steven A. Baddour announced his resignation Monday, saying in a statement that he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two daughters, and that he will be joining an international law firm with an office in Boston.

Since 2002, Baddour has represented the First Essex District, which includes Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport, North Andover, and Salisbury. The lifelong Methuen resident currently serves as vice chairman of both the Senate and joint committees on Ways and Means.

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“While it is difficult to leave my position as your senator . . . my new position will allow me to spend more time with my wife, Ann, and daughters, Isabella and Victoria,’’ the Democrat said in a statement.

Baddour said he had been hired by McDermott Will & Emery, which describes itself on its website as an international law firm with 1,000 lawyers on staff and an office in Boston.

Summarizing his career in office, Baddour said he was “particularly proud of the contributions I have made in reforming our transportation system, improving public safety, keeping government spending in check, and making state government more transparent and accountable.’’

In the letter to supporters, Baddour said that what he will miss most is his role as the voice for his district.

“I will miss working with citizens like you who have been my motivation for over 10 years,’’ he wrote. “The privilege of representing you in the Senate has been a remarkable and challenging experience - one that I will always cherish.’’

John Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com.
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