BOSTON (State House News Service) – Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to marry longtime partner Bryon Hefner in a small private ceremony in the near future, according to Hefner.
Rosenberg, 65, proposed to Hefner, 27, Saturday afternoon at their Boston residence. The senator presented Hefner with a monogrammed handkerchief with the initials “BHR” after dancing to the song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, according to Hefner.
The couple began dating in September 2008. Hefner interned in Rosenberg’s office before they became romantically involved, and worked for Regan Communications until December. From 2010 to 2013, Hefner was chair of The Rosenberg Committee, managing the fundraising and political strategy for his partner.
They split their time between Rosenberg’s hometown of Amherst and a Boston residence.
Rosenberg faced questions about Hefner’s role in Senate business before he was unanimously elected to lead the body last month. Stories in the Boston Globe alleged that Hefner boasted of his political influence and used Twitter to mock former Senate President Therese Murray. In a letter to senators, Rosenberg said there would be a “firewall” between his personal life and work.