Mass. Democrats choose McGee as new state chairman
BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Democratic Party organization has a new leader.
State Sen. Thomas McGee was chosen Thursday night to succeed John Walsh, who stepped down after holding the post since 2007.
McGee is the Senate chairman of the Transportation Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Since 2002 he has represented a North Shore district including Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. He also served four terms in the state House.
Walsh twice helped Deval Patrick win the governor's office and put together the political organization that helped propel Elizabeth Warren into the U.S. Senate last year. His biggest defeat came in 2010 when Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley for the Senate seat left vacant by Edward Kennedy's death.
Walsh will become executive director of Patrick's political action committee, the Together PAC.