Springfield State Rep. Coakley-Rivera to Leave State HouseSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera had an important announcement to make at her 50th birthday party Friday night: she will be leaving the State House and stepping into the Hampden County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
After 15 years representing the 10th Hampden District, Coakley-Rivera will serve as an Assistant Clerk here in Springfield.
She made the official announcement during her birthday celebration ta the International Biergarten on Main Street in the city’s North End.
“I’m very excited. It’s bittersweet, I have to tell you. [I was] getting ready tonight and you see people on the street and they’re like ‘Oh Cheryl, we’ll miss you, what are you going to to?’ And they’ll be fine. The Representative, whoever that may be, will do a wonderful job. I’m not going anywhere. I’m still in the city of Springfield. I hope to serve on some boards and committees,” said Coakley-Rivera.
She became the first Hispanic woman to hold a seat in the State House. Now, she will become the first Hispanic Assistant Clerk in the Hampden County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.