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Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Cathy Judd-Stein to retire on March 21

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Cathy Judd-Stein, Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, will retire from public service upon the completion of her term on March 21, 2024, announced Governor Maura Healey on Friday. The administration will initiate a search for her successor, with applications open until March 18, 2024.

Governor Maura Healey said: "Cathy Judd-Stein led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission through a critical time for the industry, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the launch of sports wagering.

"We are grateful for her many years of service to the people of Massachusetts and wish her the best in her retirement. Our administration looks forward to beginning the search for an experienced leader to take the reins of this important commission."

Judd-Stein was first appointed by Governor Charlie Baker on January 15, 2019, and reappointed on March 21 of the same year for a full five-year term. During her tenure of over five years as Chair of the Commission, Judd-Stein spearheaded the agency’s efforts to regulate the Massachusetts casino, horse racing, and sports wagering industries, many of these years amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic. 

Cathy Judd-Stein stated: "It has been an honor and a privilege to spend over 25 years working in public service for the Commonwealth. During my tenure at the Gaming Commission, I have been grateful for the partnership with my fellow Commissioners and the outstanding accomplishments of our dedicated team. 

"Together, we have led the Commission through complex issues during transformative times, prioritizing integrity and the health and well-being of gaming employees and patrons, working always to advance the best interests of the Commonwealth. I thank Governor Healey and Lt. Gov. Driscoll for their support and confidence in me and stand ready to support the Administration on a smooth transition for my successor."

Judd-Stein played a pivotal role in launching legal sports wagering in Massachusetts, a vertical that has generated over $108 million in revenue for the state and helped curve illicit gambling activities. Her initiatives also included organizing public meetings and roundtables, advocating for consumer protections and responsible gaming practices. 

Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll said: "Throughout her tenure as Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Cathy Judd-Stein prioritized community engagement, consumer protection, and support for this burgeoning industry that contributes so much value to our economy. She has dedicated her career to public service and we congratulate her on her upcoming retirement."

Established in 2011, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission serves as the state's single licensing and regulatory body for the casino, horse racing, and sports wagering industries. Operating independently, the Commission is funded by the gaming industry, alleviating the burden on Massachusetts taxpayers.

The Commission consists of 5 commissioners, 1 appointed by the governor, 1 appointed by the attorney general (who must have experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement), 1 appointed by the State Treasurer (who must be proficient in corporate finance and securities), and 2 appointed by a majority vote of the same three constitutional officers. The Governor designates the Chair of the Commission.

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