Amid federal probe, Mass. senator won’t seek re-election

BOSTON (WPRI) — A Massachusetts state senator under federal investigation announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election.

The FBI and IRS raided the Canton office of Sen. Brian Joyce last Wednesday, but officials were mum on the details. Joyce’s attorney said his client is cooperating with the investigation and “has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Joyce’s district covers several communities including Milton, Braintree, and Sharon.

In a statement Tuesday, Joyce said he has “worked hard for Milton and achieved results, while always trying to abide by the rules,” and he will “continue to work hard for Milton and all of the district.”

Joyce sent the following letter to the residents of the district Tuesday:

For almost twenty years, it has been my honor to serve the residents of Milton, Randolph, Avon, Canton, Braintree, Stoughton, Sharon, Easton, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater.

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in historic debates, cast a critical vote against the death penalty and stood firm for equal marriage rights when neither position was popular because I believed them to be the right votes. I sought to protect innocent, disabled children from abuse, and to provide seniors with a choice of home care over a nursing home.

I helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for new school buildings and education funding, and for business district revitalizations. We restored the majestic beauty of the Neponset River and Blue Hills reservations, and most importantly, provided constituent services to thousands throughout the years.

I thank you for the honor of working on your behalf and want you to know that I will not seek reelection. Mary and I are especially grateful for the many recent gestures of support and acts of love.

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