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Legislative Leadership


Photo of Therese Murray

Therese Murray

Office of the President Plymouth (D)

The President of the Senate is elected by the members of the body to lead the Senate and set the agenda and priorities for the session. Once elected, the President of the Senate sets the session calendar of legislation to be considered, presides over sessions, interprets rules, answers Parliamentary questions and inquiries, and preserves order and decorum of the Chamber.

Senator Therese Murray currently serves as the President of the Massachusetts Senate. She was first elected to the position in March 2007, and was re-elected to lead the Senate in 2009. Elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1993, she is the first woman in the history of the Commonwealth to be elected President of the Massachusetts Senate. She represents the Plymouth and Barnstable District which includes the communities of Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth and Sandwich.

Photo of Stanley C. Rosenberg Stanley C. Rosenberg Majority Leader Amherst (D) Photo of Richard T. Moore Richard T. Moore President Pro Tempore Uxbridge (D) Photo of Harriette L. Chandler Harriette L. Chandler Assistant Majority Leader Worcester (D) Photo of Karen E. Spilka Karen E. Spilka Senate Majority Whip Ashland (D) Photo of Mark C. Montigny Mark C. Montigny Assistant Majority Whip New Bedford (D) Photo of Stephen M. Brewer Stephen M. Brewer Senate Ways and Means Chair Barre (D) Photo of Bruce E. Tarr Bruce E. Tarr Minority Leader Gloucester (R) Photo of Robert L. Hedlund Robert L. Hedlund Assistant Minority Leader Weymouth (R) Photo of Donald F. Humason, Jr. Donald F. Humason, Jr. Minority Whip Westfield (R) Photo of Richard J. Ross Richard J. Ross Senate Ways and Means Ranking Member Wrentham (R)

House of Representatives

Photo of Robert A. DeLeo

Robert A. DeLeo

Office of the Speaker Winthrop (D)

The House of Representatives is led by the Speaker of the House, who is elected by House members at the beginning of the first year of each two-year session of the General Court. The Speaker appoints a leadership team comprised of the Speaker pro Tempore, the Majority Floor Leader, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, and Second Assistant Majority Floor Leader. The Speaker’s appointments are subject to ratification of a majority party caucus vote. The Speaker similarly appoints House committee chairpersons.

Representative Robert A. DeLeo currently serves as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was elected to the position in January, 2009. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1991, he previously served as Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. He represents the Nineteenth Suffolk District, including the town of Winthrop and a portion of the city of Revere.

Photo of Ronald Mariano Ronald Mariano Majority Leader Quincy (D) Photo of Patricia A. Haddad Patricia A. Haddad Speaker Pro Tempore Somerset (D) Photo of Byron Rushing Byron Rushing Majority Whip Boston (South End) (D) Photo of Garrett J. Bradley Garrett J. Bradley Division Chair Hingham (D) Photo of Michael J. Moran Michael J. Moran Division Chair Brighton (D) Photo of Paul J. Donato Paul J. Donato Division Chair Medford (D) Photo of Ellen Story Ellen Story Division Chair Amherst (D) Photo of Brian S. Dempsey Brian S. Dempsey House Ways and Means Chair Haverhill (D) Photo of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. Bradley H. Jones, Jr. Minority Leader North Reading (R) Photo of George N. Peterson, Jr. George N. Peterson, Jr. Assistant Minority Leader Grafton (R) Photo of Bradford Hill Bradford Hill Second Assistant Minority Leader Ipswich (R) Photo of Elizabeth A. Poirier Elizabeth A. Poirier Third Assistant Minority Leader North Attleborough (R)