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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Robert A. DeLeo Democrat - 19th Suffolk

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Speaker of the House

State House

24 Beacon St.
Room 356
Boston, MA, 02133

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has represented the Town of the Winthrop and a portion of the City of Revere in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1991.

In 2016, Speaker DeLeo prioritized legislation to help the Commonwealth meet its clean energy goals and upgrade the region’s energy infrastructure, ultimately resulting in a landmark law which will diversify Massachusetts’ energy portfolio and ensure a reliable electric grid by replacing older power sources that are due to retire. These measures will protect the Commonwealth’s ratepayers while enhancing renewable energy and securing a more sustainable future.

In 2014, Speaker DeLeo led the Legislature in passing a consensus-driven gun safety law that closes existing loopholes, creates a sustainable framework to stop gun trafficking and establishes best practices for school safety. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has noted that the legislation is among the strongest in the nation, including an important set of provisions existing in no other state. Under his leadership, the Legislature also passed updated domestic violence legislation which creates new criminal offenses and elevated penalties, boosts prevention efforts and seeks to empower victims.

Since becoming Speaker, DeLeo has spearheaded two economic development packages which focus on improving the Massachusetts economy through comprehensive strategies. He has been lauded for his effective and creative approach to job creation which leverages the strengths of diverse sectors to bolster the Commonwealth’s economy in its entirety and address regional inequalities. A 2014 Boston Globe article praised Speaker DeLeo as “one of the biggest champions of our innovation economy” and described him as “knowledgeable and fluent in getting things done, what the innovation economy needs.”

Under his leadership, the House of Representatives has made strides in helping to combat the current substance addiction epidemic. The Legislatures has passed two medically comprehensive substance addiction bills and increased funding for this public health crisis to unprecedented levels.

Previously, Speaker DeLeo brought nationally-heralded legislation that cut health care costs for cities and towns in Massachusetts. The same session, he initiated far-reaching judiciary reorganization legislation in concert with the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Speaker DeLeo’s priorities continue to include job creation, strong fiscal management and giving residents a competitive edge through educational opportunities.

Personal Information





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Career Highlights

  • Elected Speaker in January, 2009
  • House Ways and Means, Chair (2005 -2009)
  • Elected to House of Representatives in November, 1990

Education & Public Service

  • Boston Latin School
  • Northeastern University, B.A
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Town Meeting Member (1977-present); Selectmen (1978-1988, chairman 1981-1982, 1984-1985 and 1987-1988)
  • Winthrop Democratic Town Committee (1980-present, vice chairman 1986-present)
  • Mass. House (1991-present), House Ways and Means Committee, Chair (2005 to 2009)
  • Speaker of the House (2009 to present)