BOSTON State Sen. Brian Joyce, a Milton Democrat whose law offices last week were raided by federal law enforcement, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election.
Joyce’s office confirmed the news to WBUR’s Newscast Unit and on Twitter.
“I have worked hard for Milton and achieved results, while always trying to abide by the rules,” Joyce said in a statement to the Milton Times, which first reported the news. “I will continue to work hard for Milton and all of the district but will not seek re-election. On a personal note, Mary and I are very touched by the many kind gestures of support and love from our neighbors and friends.”
The announcement comes a week after the FBI and the IRS conducted a raid at Joyce’s law offices in Canton. The FBI did not provide further details due to an ongoing investigation.
Joyce has also faced ethical questions. He was the focus of media reports saying he pushed for legislation that would benefit his legal clients. He acknowledged to The Boston Globe that he used about $3,400 in campaign funds for a graduation party for this son — a campaign finance violation that he was fined for earlier this year. After those reports, Joyce was pressured to give up his leadership posts in the Senate and agreed to cooperate with a state Ethics Commission investigation.
Then in January, Gov. Charlie Baker began calling for an investigation into Joyce’s activities after the Globe reported that the senator had received free dry cleaning from a business in his district for years.
In a statement Tuesday, Senate President Stan Rosenberg acknowledged Joyce’s more than 20 years of service and wished him well.
“A strong supporter of public education, throughout his career he fought to secure funding for public school buildings across his district,” Rosenberg said in the statement. “In addition, he cared deeply for senior citizens and protecting the disabled. He took tough votes against public opinion on numerous issues including marriage equality and the death penalty.”
Earlier Tuesday, before Joyce announced he would not seek re-election, Milton Democrat Rep. Walter Timilty took out nomination papers to run for Joyce’s Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Senate district seat.
With additional reporting by State House News Service