Change is on the way for Massachusetts legislative leadership

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November 30, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Following another routine election where Democrats held onto massive majorities in the Senate and House, the Republican and Democratic parties are poised to elect different legislators to leadership positions than from the last session.

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  • The Republicans elected a new Minority leader -- Bruce Tarr, who has served for 20 years in the legislature.[1] Former minority leader Richard Tisei ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.


  • State House Majority Leader James Vallee also might lose his position. Vallee has openly commented on one day succeeding DeLeo, and called himself a reformer.[2]
  • Republicans increased their representation in the House from 15 to 32. According to Daniel Winslow, a newly elected Republican, the minority will be "harder to ignore" in the coming session.[2]
  • However, DeLeo himself will be remaining as speaker, despite his godson receiving a promotion within the probation agency. Deleo defends his position, stating, "Upon his getting the probation job...I had nothing to do with his elevation from there."[4]

The new partisan breakdowns of the Senate and House are as follows:

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 5 4
Total 40 40

Massachusetts House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 142 128
     Republican Party 15 32
     Vacancy 3 -
Total 160 160

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