Lovely named assistant majority leader in Senate

State House News Service file photoSen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem

BOSTON — North Shore lawmakers have secured a number of leadership roles in the new session for the Legislature, which began in January.

Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, has been named Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, as well as Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules.

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced their committee assignments and chairs for the new session on Thursday.

“I appreciate the confidence and trust President Spilka has placed in me by appointing me to these leadership positions, and I look forward to the new challenges and responsibilities that come with these roles,” said Lovely in a statement.

She was also appointed Vice Chair of both the Joint Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration. And she will serve on the Ways and Means, Steering and Policy, and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees.

Sen. Brendan Crighton, D-Lynn — who also represents Marblehead and Swampscott in his district — was named Chair of Housing and Vice Chair of Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

In the House, Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, remains the Chair of Bills in the Third Reading; Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, was named Chair of Export Development; Jerry Parisella, D-Beverly, is Chair of Public Service; Tom Walsh, D-Peabody, is Vice Chair of Ethics; and Paul Tucker, D-Salem, is Vice Chair for Education.

~ John Castelluccio

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