“There is no rule that a bill has to come out,” Spelioitis said.
The last person to have the position on the North Shore was former state Rep. Jack Murphy in the 1980s, Speliotis said. He, too, served from the 13th Essex District, and he later went on to become majority leader in the House.
“The reality is, it’s a great committee,” Speliotis said.
“I’m thrilled for him and I think the Speaker made an excellent decision,” said Salem Rep. John Keenan, who said it takes someone with knowledge and experience to be in that position.
Speliotis is third in seniority in the House of 160 legislators as far as time served. He served as a state representative from 1979 to 1986, then again from 1997 to the present.
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