William Lantigua

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William Lantigua
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Essex
Former officeholder
In office
2003 - 2010
Term ends
Resigned office February 12, 2010
PartyDemocratic
William Lantigua is mayor of the city of Lawrence. He was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Sixteenth Essex from 2003 to 2010.

Controversy over two offices

In November 2009 Lantigua was elected mayor of Lawrence, and began his term in January 2010.[1] Conflicts of holding two offices soon arose, and Lantigua rejected calls from fellow legislators and Gov. Deval Patrick to resign one of his seats.

The controversy heated up in early February when Lantigua sponsored a bill allowing Lawrence to borrow $35 million from the state to bail out the city. Anger from other representatives towards Lantigua is said to have put the bill in jeopardy, which has caused anger from city officials, worried that it may cost them the money.[2]

Resignation

On February 12, 2010, Lantigua announced that he would be resigning his position in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo he wrote, "Today I submit my resignation as state representative so that I may continue to serve the people of Lawrence to the best of my ability. At this time, 'my best' means advocating from Lawrence as mayor of Lawrence."[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Essex
2003-February 12, 2010
Succeeded by
Marcos Devers