Harriette Chandler Of Worcester Elected Acting Mass. Senate President

Dec 5, 2017

Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) said she does not wish to be Senate President on a long term basis. She was elected to replace Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) who stepped aside for an Ethics Committee investigation launched following sexual assault allegations against Rosenberg's husband.

    The Massachusetts State Senate has a new leader.

    After a day of extraordinary drama and closed door meetings that lasted hours, Senators met in a special session Monday night to elect Democrat Harriette Chandler of Worcester as acting president. 

     The Senate also authorized an Ethics Committee investigation into now former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst.  

    The investigation will look into whether Rosenberg’s husband Bryon Hefner had any influence over Senate business.

     Prosecutors plan to investigate Hefner for alleged sexual assaults. 

     Rosenberg took an unprecedented leave of absence as Senate President.

        WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke this morning with the new Senate leader.