By Bob Katzen

Senate President Harriette Candler announced the appointment of Sen. Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) to the position of majority leader, the second most powerful position in the Senate. The spot, previously held by Chandler, became vacant when she was elected to take over the reins of the Senate during the ongoing Ethics Committee investigation into sexual assault charges against Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, whether Rosenberg violated any Senate rules and whether Hefner had any influence over the business of the Senate, as he has claimed to others.

“I am excited and honored by this appointment,” said Creem. “I look forward to working with Senate President Chandler and all of my colleagues to ensure that we have a productive session dealing with those issues that matter most to our individual constituents and to the commonwealth.”

The appointment of Creem, the former assistant majority leader, had a ripple effect that led to the appointment of Sens. Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) to fill Creem’s position; Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) as assistant majority whip; and Joan Lovely (D-Salem) as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

“As we continue to fight for the future of Massachusetts families, the Massachusetts Senate has never had more energy or purpose than it has today,” said Chandler. “This team is dynamic, experienced, diverse in viewpoints, and represents the best of our goals as Democrats and legislators. In making these decisions, it was critical to me to bring together a team of fresh, strong voices, as well as some of our most respected, long-serving members.”

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