Massachusetts state Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield is resigning after more than twenty years on Beacon Hill. Knapik has accepted a position at Westfield State University.
Knapik is one of just four Republicans in the 40-member state Senate. For more than a decade, he’s served on the influential Senate Ways and Means Committee.
He’ll start his new job this week at Westfield State. Knapik will be the Executive Director of University Advancement, working closely with President Evan Dobelle and the school’s non-profit foundation.
Westfield State has come under scrutiny of late by the state Inspector General. The office is looking into how much university officials, including Dobelle, have spent on travel and other expenses during fundraising trips.
Representative Donald Humason of Westfield, another Republican, says he plans to run for the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.