Dempsey to Resign From Legislature in September; Jockeying Begins

Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey during a topping off ceremony at Harbor Place, of  his signature achievements in the legislature. (WHAV News photograph.)

Haverhill Rep. Brian S. Dempsey plans to retire from the Massachusetts legislature in September as he takes a top position at a well-known Boston lobbying firm.

Dempsey will become senior vice president and chief operating officer at ML Strategies, a wholly-owned consulting subsidiary of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. His surprise announcement came late this morning in a statement.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve the people of Haverhill in an elected capacity since 1988. I am proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together. I would like to thank all of my supporters, friends and family for their encouragement and help through the years,” said Dempsey. “While I am moving on to a new chapter in my life, Haverhill will always be my home, and we will continue to keep the city moving in the right direction.”

Dempsey’s announcement likely kicks off some political jockeying locally. It was not immediately clear whether a special election must take place, according to the Haverhill City Clerk’s office. Officials will be seeking guidance from Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

Dempsey was first elected to represent the city of Haverhill at the State House in 1991. As chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Dempsey has been credited with bringing tens of millions of dollars to Haverhill in state aid ranging from annual payments on the former Hale Hospital debt and MassWorks grants to help create Harbor Place and revitalize downtown Haverhill.

During his time in the legislature, he has also served as House chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Prior to his time in the State Legislature, Dempsey served the City of Haverhill as a city councilor from 1988 to 1991, with stints as council vice president in 1989 and president in 1990.


  1. Jack Haverhill said:

    Running the city into financial and social ruin via liberal democrat tax and spend, and social welfare public policy and then turning around and riding into town with checks from Beacon Hill to cover up the total incompetence does not a hero make.

    Unless you’re a liberal who benefits by an insolvent city government, or criminal trespassers invading the city, or drug dealers by the hundreds seeking safe haven in the city, or welfare cheats, or a public employee union pension patriot counting your days until retirement…then Brian is like Robin Hood….paving the way to exist another day.

    How are your taxes at the local and state level since Brian took office?
    Do you feel safer in the city?
    How are the schools performing, overflowing with children of the invaders?
    How much has the city’s unfunded pension liability grown since 1991?

    In the early 90’s Haverhill was one of the best places to live in the country. Thanks to Brian and all the other liberal hacks it is now a very dangerous cesspool overrun by invaders from other countries, and it’s fiscally insolvent.

    That’s some resume.

  2. Nonya said:

    Who is Little Hobo Jimmy going to beg for money now?? Dempsey’s lap dog is gonna have to actually make a case for any money that the city recieves… Lawrence status on the Horizon .. you can almost smell it

  3. Joseph Edwards said:

    Brian is a great leader. His achievements on behalf o the city are second to none. Brian Dempsey will be missed beyond comprehension. The funds that he was able to get for the city for the Hale hospital debt, school system, and other areas of government meant so much to us. Keep in mind that there will soon be a huge balloon payment due by the city for
    Hale Hospital debt. Brian Dempsey is our CHAMPION. Thank you Brian for all that you have done for us.

  4. jack said:

    Holy cow ! When Baddour ” retired” or was ” forced out” which is more like it, there was a cloud hovering over his head. Let’s hope this time the sun is shining on this one !