Robert DeLeo Steps Down After 12 Years As Massachusetts House Speaker

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Longtime Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo announced on Monday that he will be stepping down from his position, effective Tuesday evening.

DeLeo released a letter of resignation on Monday afternoon, writing, "It's been an honor and a privilege serving as a member of this institution for almost 30 years. The faith and trust my colleagues placed in me by electing me as their Speaker for a record six consecutive terms fills me with a profound sense of gratitude and appreciation. My pride with what we have collectively accomplished over the last 12 years will never be diminished."

He added that the House has "consistently led the way and provided solutions to some of the most complex and challenging public policy problems of our time," and that he believes the body is "well-positioned for continued success."

As a representative for Winthrop for 12 years, the 70-year-old Speaker helped shepherd through several laws during his time in the House — including the legalization of casino gambling, expansion of healthcare and revised criminal justice laws.

Following his resignation from his post, DeLeo will be pursuing a different employment opportunity at his alma matter, Northeastern University. The speaker filed an ethics disclosure earlier this month stating that he intended to begin negotiations for that position.

Majority Leader and longtime legislator Ron Mariano of Quincy is expected to succeed DeLeo as House Speaker, as Mariano entered the body the same year as DeLeo in 1991.

Senate President Karen E. Spilka offered congratulations to DeLeo following his letter of resignation, writing, "It has been an honor to work with him to improve the lives of our residents, families, and communities, and help our businesses throughout the Commonwealth."

She added that he has "definitely made his mark" on the Commonwealth, and that his work will be felt for years to come.

DeLeo will give a final farewell speech as Speaker on Tuesday afternoon, and will formally step down at 6 p.m the same day.

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports.

Written by Rachel Armany

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