Rosenberg named to No. 2 post in state Senate

Local state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has been appointed to the Senate’s second highest leadership post.

Senate President Therese Murray chose the Amherst Democrat to be majority leader on Thursday.

“I am humbled and delighted that President Murray is entrusting me with the responsibilities of Senate Majority Leader,” Rosenberg said. “I have always enjoyed a good, strong working relationship with her, as I do with the entire membership, and I am eager to continue playing a significant role helping to shape and advance the Senate’s agenda.”

Rosenberg represents Greenfield and about two-thirds of Franklin County’s other central and eastern towns. During the past 17 years, Rosenberg has steadily risen through the Senate’s leadership hierarchy. From 1996-1999, Rosenberg served as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the first western Massachusetts senator to hold this post.

In 1999, Rosenberg was named assistant majority leader, a position he held until 2003 when he became the Senate’s first president pro tem.

Now, as majority leader, Rosenberg holds the top leadership position behind the Senate president.

Rosenberg replaces former Sen. Frederick Berry as majority leader, and as dean of the Senate, an honorary title recognizing his 21 years of continuous service in the Senate.

“I’ll have my work cut out for me because Fred set the bar incredibly high, for both positions,” Rosenberg said. “I learned a lot from him, but most of all I learned that although position is important, relationships are even more important. I am fortunate to be working with a smart and committed group of senators and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges of the coming term.”

Senate President Murray also appointed Rosenberg to serve as chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules. This committee is responsible for considering all violations of rules and all questions of conduct of Senators and employees of the Senate. The committee is also authorized to recommend policy procedures for the Senate and recommend rules changes for matters requiring expeditious action by the Senate.

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