Sources: Spilka to chair Senate Ways and Means

BOSTON (SHNS) – The new leadership team in the Senate will include Ashland Democrat Sen. Karen Spilka as the new chair of the powerful budget-writing Ways and Means committee, according to two sources with knowledge.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, who just two weeks ago was elected to his first term as Senate president, was doling out committee and leadership assignments on Wednesday after the Senate’s first debate of the year over the rules that will govern the chamber for the two-year session.

Rosenberg, who served under former Senate President Therese Murray as her majority leader, tapped Worcester Sen. Harriette Chandler for his former post as majority leader, according to the sources.

Sen. Marc Pacheco, the second longest serving member of the member of the Senate after Rosenberg, will take over for Richard Moore as Senate president pro tempore. Moore lost his bid for re-election to Republican Ryan Fattman.

East Boston Democrat Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, who last session chaired the Financial Services Committee, will move into the leadership ranks as majority whip.

Sen. Mark Montigny will chair the newly reconstituted Rules Committee and take over as an assistant majority leader in Rosenberg’s senior team.

Spilka last session served as assistant majority leader, and has in the past also chaired the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. She takes over the Ways and Means Committee from Stephen Brewer, who did not seek re-election.

Senators were meeting in a closed-door caucus after their session Wednesday afternoon to learn about their committee assignments.

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