I am so terribly sorry to share the news that First Hampshire District’s State Representative Peter Kocot died yesterday after an illness. The article in today’s Daily Hampshire Gazette captures the statewide sentiment about this man of tremendous conviction, intelligence and passion to serve.

Representative Kocot’s commitment to social and economic justice also specifically included his commitment to end homelessness. He was an incredible champion of the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness as the lead sponsor of the Network’s earmark. And that leadership and support extended to the broad array of regional and statewide efforts to prevent and end homelessness across the Commonwealth.

Governor Baker has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff until the day of interment in honor of Representative Peter Kocot.

He will be sorely missed.

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