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Stan Rosenberg named  ‘dean’ of the state Senate

Honorary title given to longest continuously serving state senator

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, has plenty of claims to fame, as a legislator, including 22 years as a state senator wearing titles like Ways and Means chairman, Redistricting Committee chairman, assistant majority leader, and for nearly 10 years, Senate president pro tempore.

Rosenberg, whose district includes 17 of Franklin County’s 26 towns, is even known for his homemade spaghetti sauce.

As of Tuesday, he’s gained the honorary title “dean of the Senate,” as the longest continuously serving Massachusetts senator.

As part of Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony at the Statehouse, Rosenberg took over the honorary title from Sen. Frederick Berry, D-Peabody, who served since 1983, but chose not to seek re-election last year.

“There’s no additional pay, no better parking space at the Statehouse, or anything like that, except that I might be called ‘your Deanship’ on occasion,” joked Rosenberg “This is purely an honorary title recognizing my 22 years of continual service in the Senate. My friend Fred Berry set a high bar for statesmanship and I am grateful that I have his example as a guide.”

Sen. Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham, said, “The trust and respect that we, as colleagues, have for Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg is inestimable and speaks not only to his tenure, but to his intellect and acumen as well.” She added, “I am thrilled that a western Massachusetts legislator will serve as dean of the Senate.” 

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