Springfield State Representative delivered farewell address

Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams will replace Representative Swan in January.

BOSTON (WWLP) – After two decades of service, Springfield State Representative Benjamin Swan is retiring. 22News was there as he delivered his farewell address to his colleagues.

Cameras were not allowed inside of the House Chamber during the speeches, but we spoke with Representative Swan about the legacy he hopes to leave behind. He said, “To be able to make a little bit of a difference in the lives of people, try to be helpful to people and to extend love.”

12 members of the House of Representatives will not be returning in January from western Massachusetts. Both Representative Swan and Amherst State Representative Ellen Story will be retiring.

Swan has held his seat as a State Representative since 1994 and has been a loud voice on many issues; from the fight for civil rights to criminal justice reform.

Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams will replace Representative Swan in January.