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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Ronald Mariano Democrat - 3rd Norfolk

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Speaker of the House

State House

24 Beacon St.
Room 356
Boston, MA, 02133
(617) 722-2500
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Ronald J. Mariano, Massachusetts Speaker of the House

Representative Ronald J. Mariano (D-Quincy) has represented the 3rd Norfolk District, comprised of Quincy, Weymouth, and Holbrook in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1991. He was elected Speaker of the House in December 2020 after serving as Majority Leader since 2011. As Speaker, his top priority is continuing to bolster the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response and position Massachusetts for sustainable, long-term economic recovery.

Throughout his career, Speaker Mariano has been a driving force behind groundbreaking legislation related to health care, criminal justice, gun control, and education. Serving as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, Speaker Mariano was a key architect of the Commonwealth’s landmark health care reform of 2006, which went on to serve as a model for the Affordable Care Act. He was also a principal proponent of transitioning the state’s automobile insurance market to managed competition in 2008.

As Assistant Majority Leader and then Majority Leader, Speaker Mariano led many of the House’s conference committee negotiations for bills that established school accountability standards, contained health care cost growth, reformed the criminal justice system, created an adult use marijuana industry, and regulated ride-sharing services. Speaker Mariano was the lead negotiator in Massachusetts’ 2014 gun safety reform and the subsequent ban on bump stocks, which have made Massachusetts a national leader in gun safety. Throughout his career he has been an ardent proponent of LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and ensuring access to reproductive justice and women’s health care. Most recently, Speaker Mariano led the House’s efforts to reduce barriers to access telehealth services and to provide a financial lifeline to struggling community hospitals.

Speaker Mariano is a lifelong resident of Quincy Point and is married to Eve Powell, a retired Quincy Public School teacher. He attended Quincy Public Schools, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He taught in the Quincy Public Schools for 12 years and served as a member of the Quincy School Committee for 18 years. He is a lifelong basketball fan and coached Quincy Youth Basketball for many years.



Personal Information




Eve Powell

Career Highlights

  • Mariano was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in December, 1991 in a special election
  • Mariano was appointed Assistant Majority Leader in February, 2009
  • As chair, Mariano oversaw all legislative matters pertaining to banking and insurance
  • Mariano served as a member of the Quincy School Committee from 1989 to 2009

Education & Public Service

  • Quincy Public Schools
  • Northeastern University, B.S.
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston, M.Ed.
  • Quincy School Committee; Norfolk County Advisory Board former member
  • Ward 2 Democratic Committee former chairman; Quincy College Board of Governors
  • Baird and Maquire Task Force (co-chair)
  • Mass. House (1992-present), Assistant Majority Leader