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Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst appointed majority leader

State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst on Thursday was named majority leader.

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State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, was promoted Thursday to the position of majority leader, the Senate’s deputy leadership post.

Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, also appointed Rosenberg to serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.

“I am humbled and delighted that President Murray is entrusting me with the responsibilities of Senate majority leader,” Rosenberg said in a statement. “I have always enjoyed a good, strong working relationship with her, as I do with the entire membership, and I am eager to continue playing a significant role helping to shape and advance the Senate’s agenda.”

During the past 17 years, Rosenberg has steadily risen through the Senate’s leadership hierarchy.

From 1996 to 1999, he served as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the first western Massachusetts senator to hold the post.

In 1999, he was named assistant majority leader, a position he held until 2003 when he became the Senate’s first president pro tem.

Rosenberg replaces former Sen. Frederick Berry as majority leader, and as dean of the Senate, an honorary title recognizing his 21 years of continuous service in the state Senate. Berry chose not to seek re-election in 2012.

“I’ll have my work cut out for me because Fred set the bar incredibly high, for both positions,” Rosenberg said. “I learned a lot from him, but most of all I learned that although position is important, relationships are even more important. I am fortunate to be working with a smart and committed group of senators and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges of the coming term.”

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