Judd-Stein To Retire As Chair Of Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Written By Dan Holmes on February 22, 2024 - Last Updated on February 26, 2024
Cathy Judd-Stein when she was appointed to MGC Chair in 2019

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will need to find a new chair. This week, the Governor’s Office announced that Cathy Judd-Stein, who served in that role for more than five years, is retiring from public service on March 21.

Former Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Judd-Stein to the role in January 2019. She is nearing completion of a five-year term.

The Harvard Law graduate chaired the commission through several vital moments in Bay State gambling. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic and the launch of Massachusetts sports betting both happened under her watch.

Massachusetts Gov. Maura T. Healey thanked Judd-Stein for her work.

“We are grateful for her many years of service to the people of Massachusetts and wish her the best in her retirement.”

Judd-Stein guided MGC through sports betting legalization

The state recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of legal sports betting. Retail betting began in January 2023, with online sportsbooks popping up in early March.

During the period leading up to the launch of the industry, she guided the MGC as it created the rules and regulations for sports wagering in the state. Afterward, she continued to lead the MGC as it established a strident reputation for restricting sportsbook advertising targeting underage individuals.

Her leadership of the MGC was characterized by a desire to form a consensus among the commissioners while allowing disparate views to be voiced.

In more than a quarter century of service to the Commonwealth, Judd-Stein has served five governors in various positions.

Before ascending to her current position, Judd-Stein was deputy chief legal counsel for the Office of the Governor during the Baker administration. Judd-Stein was instrumental in advising Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

Previously, Judd-Stein was general counsel of the state Treasury and assistant executive director, director of policy and special counsel to the Massachusetts Lottery, beginning in 2011. She completed her education at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband.

Healey will appoint new commissioner and chair

The MGC has posted an application on the state website for a new commission member. The commission will accept applications until March 18.

The position, as the posting says, “requires experience in legal and policy issues related to gaming.”

By statute, the MGC cannot have more than three members who are from the same political party. Judd-Stein is a Republican. The commission’s remaining four members are split between the two political parties. Healey, a Democrat, will appoint the new commissioner and chair.

The MGC oversees the state’s three Massachusetts casinos: Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino. Additionally, it regulates horse racing and sports betting.

Photo by AP Photo / Steven Senne
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Dan Holmes is a Staff Writer for PlayMA with plenty of experience under his belt. Dan has written three books about sports and previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He also has extensive experience covering the launch of sports betting in other states, including Ohio and Maryland. Currently, Dan is residing in Michigan with his family.

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