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Senate President Announces New Leadership Appointments

BOSTON – Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) today announced her full Senate leadership team for the remainder of the 2018 session. The new team is highlighted by the appointment of five Senators to Senate leadership positions and new committee assignments.

Appointments announced today:

Cynthia Stone Creem

Majority Leader; Senate Committee on Redistricting, Chair

Sal N. DiDomenico

Assistant Majority Leader; Senate Committee on Bills in Third Reading, chair; Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Vice Chair; Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Member

Jason Lewis

Assistant Majority Whip

Joan Lovely

Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Chair

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means

“As we continue to fight for the future of Massachusetts families, the Massachusetts Senate has never had more energy or purpose than it has today,” said Chandler. “This team is dynamic, experienced, diverse in viewpoints, and represents the best of our goals as Democrats and legislators. In making these decisions, it was critical to me to bring together a team of fresh, strong voices, as well as some of our most respected, long-serving members.”

These appointments follow a unanimous Senate vote earlier this month affirming Chandler as the Senate President for the remainder of the 2018 session. Chandler was initially appointed Acting Senate President in December.

“I am excited and honored by this appointment,” said Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton).  “I look forward to working with Senate President Chandler and all of my colleagues to ensure that we have a productive session dealing with those issues that matter most to our individual constituents and to the Commonwealth.

"It is an honor and privilege to be chosen by Senate President Harriette Chandler to serve as an Assistant Majority Leader in the Massachusetts Senate," said Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett). "I look forward to continue serving on her leadership team and working with my colleagues to advance legislation that will have a positive impact on the people of the Commonwealth." 

“I’m honored to be named to Senate President Harriette Chandler’s leadership team,” said Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). “I look forward to working closely with the Senate President and our colleagues to move forward the Senate’s ambitious agenda, including policies that promote economic justice, social justice, and environmental sustainability in the Commonwealth.”

“Thank you to Senate President Chandler for the great honor of appointing me to the position of vice chair, a critical role on the Senate Ways and Means Committee,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Senate President Chandler for entrusting me with this incredible responsibility. I look forward to continuing my work on the state budget and all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth in this new position on the Committee.”

“I'm honored to join President Chandler's leadership table. I'm grateful to her for the opportunity and the responsibility. In my lifetime, the work of state legislatures has never been more important. We've got a lot to get done over the next 6 months to protect and advance our people here in Massachusetts, and hopefully offer up some models for the nation,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston). “I'll also add, with love and affection for my male colleagues, that I'm excited to serve on the first-ever all-female leadership team of Senate Ways & Means. Senator Spilka and Senator Lovely are serious, extremely knowledgeable and hard-working public servants and, personally, I think no one knows how to stretch a dollar further than working moms.”