MA House Speakers term limit could be extended

House Speaker DeLeo’s term is up in January 2017

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts governors don’t have term limits; they can run as many times as they want.

For other leadership positions like the Senate President or the House Speaker, they have eight years, but that could soon change. They’re what I like to call the big three, not in basketball, but the most powerful lawmakers in the state and that’s the Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House.

Governor Deval Patrick isn’t seeking re-election and come January Senate President Therese Murray will be wrapping up her eight-year run in a leadership position.

That leaves House Speaker Robert DeLeo. He won’t hit his limit until January 2017, but there has already been some word circulating that he may try to extend his stay.

Rep. John Scibak, (D) South Hadley, said, “I’m not necessarily opposed to looking at the elimination of term limits, but I also think they have some value in terms of looking at the Speakership.”

The eight-year term limit is a rule right now, but of course, rules on Beacon Hill can be changed.

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