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Brad Hill
Brad Hill

State Representative Brad Hill, the Ipswich Republican who serves as second-in-command of the House minority caucus, has been tapped by the governor, treasurer and attorney general to join the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Hill will assume the Gaming Commission seat vacated by Bruce Stebbins’s shift to the Cannabis Control Commission at the start of this year, and Hill will fill the remainder of the term, which runs into 2025.

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg were responsible for jointly appointing someone to replace Stebbins.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Massachusetts and the 4th Essex District for nearly 25 years,” Hill said. “I am deeply grateful to the Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General for this incredible opportunity to continue supporting the Commonwealth, and am eager to begin this new chapter working alongside my fellow Commissioners.”

Hill told the News Service that he plans to resign from the House effective Sept. 15 and will start as a gaming commission on Sept. 16.

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“I want to ensure that our local bills are completed and passed before I leave, and this will give me time to work with the leadership to get that done,” he said.

Hill was elected to the House in 1998, appointed minority whip in 2009, and became assistant minority leader in 2015. He has been active in House debates around sports betting, and the governor’s statement announcing Hill’s appointment to the Gaming Commission referred to Hill as “a determined advocate for the Massachusetts gaming industry.”

“Brad Hill has been a dedicated public servant for over two decades and has years of experience working with the Massachusetts gaming community,” Baker said. “I am confident that he will be well-suited to serve in this new role during a transformative time in the Commonwealth’s gaming industry and am pleased to make this appointment.”

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Hill is set to join a commission that is shifting gears from licensing and overseeing the construction of casinos to regulating an industry that has been legal here for almost a decade. If the Legislature legalizes sports betting, the Gaming Commission is expected to serve as that industry’s regulator as well.