State Representative Steven Walsh of Lynn, one of the architects of the 2012 health care cost control and reform law, plans to resign from the Legislature to take a job as executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals.
Walsh resigned from his post as House chairman of the Health Care Financing Committee Tuesday morning, effective immediately. He plans to submit his resignation to the Legislature at a later date, and is scheduled to start at the council March 5.
“It’s critically important that they’re able to survive and thrive,” Walsh said of community hospitals. He said the new job is “a great opportunity for me.”
Walsh said negotiations last week resulted in an agreement Friday or Saturday. He said his job would involve primarily working with the community hospitals, and he does not foresee a heavy lobbying presence at the State House after the yearlong cooling-off period expires.
“Steve will ensure that MCCH continues to advocate for the advancement of community medicine and community hospitals throughout the state,” Donald Thieme, council executive director, said in a statement. Thieme is retiring.
Walsh’s exit will take a fourth top Democrat out of the House leadership, creating opportunities for other House members to move up on House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo’s leadership ladder.
Kathi-Anne Reinstein, former state representative and a Revere Democrat and the fifth-highest ranking member of leadership, left Friday to take a job as a lobbyist for the Boston Beer Co. Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, a Chelsea Democrat and House chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is leaving this month to head up the legal department for Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Senator Donald Humason, a Westfield Republican, left an empty House seat when he won a special election to the Senate.