Stan Rosenberg

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Stan Rosenberg
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President of the Massachusetts Senate
Assumed office
January 8, 2015
Preceded by Therese Murray
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district
Assumed office
January 1991
Preceded by John Olver
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the Hampshire 3rd district
In office
January 1986 – January 1991
Preceded by James Collins
Succeeded by Ellen Story
Personal details
Born (1949-11-12) November 12, 1949 (age 72)
Revere, Massachusetts,
Political party Democratic
Domestic partner Bryon Hefner
Alma mater University of Massachusetts,
Religion Judaism[1]
Website Official website

Stanley C. Rosenberg, commonly known as Stan Rosenberg, is an American politician from Amherst, Massachusetts who currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Senate.[2] Rosenberg was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1986 and served as the representative for Amherst and Pelham until 1991 when he won a special election for the State Senate seat being vacated by Congressman John Olver. A Democrat, he has served in the Senate ever since.


Raised in foster care, Rosenberg is a 1967[3] graduate of Revere High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1977 with a degree in Arts Administration and Community Development.

Early career

While attending UMass Amherst, he founded and became the first director of the Arts Extension Service and then transitioned to becoming director of the Community Development and Human Service Programs in the Division of Continuing Education. Rosenberg was a member of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band where he played the tuba, and was a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Subsequently, Rosenberg worked as an aide to then-state Senator John Olver from 1980 to 1983. He also served as an Executive Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1983 to 1985, and as the district director for Congressman Chester G. Atkins from 1985 to 1986.

Legislative career

While in the Senate he has served as Chair of the Election Laws Committee (1991–1993), Chair of the Banking Committee (1993–1996), Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee (1996–1999), Assistant Majority Leader (1999–2002) and was the Senate's first President Pro Tempore from 2003–2013. He was appointed as the Senate Majority Leader by Senate President Therese Murray on January 31, 2013; becoming the highest ranking LGBT elected official in the Commonwealth.

On January 7, 2015 he was unanimously elected President of the Massachusetts Senate of the 189th General Court.[4]

During the 187th General Court, he served as the Senate Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting following the 2000 and 2010 US Census.[5] Rosenberg was also a key architect in the battle for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

Rosenberg is also a founder and co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislature's Foster Kid Caucus, the first of its kind in the nation. The caucus seeks to improve the conditions and address issues related to foster and adopted children.

Rosenberg has also been heavily involved in Pskov, Russia where he, and other members of the Legislature and professional community have been traveling for over 15 years in an effort to foster goodwill and encourage economic, social, and political progress. He is also an active member of both the Council of State Governments and Americans for the Arts.

Towns represented

In Hampshire County: Northampton, Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Pelham, South Hadley.

In Franklin County: Bernardston, Colrain, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately.

In Worcester County: Royalston.

Current committee membership

Ethics & Rules


Rosenberg is openly gay and currently resides in Amherst.[6] He is one of five openly LGBT members of the Massachusetts General Court, alongside Representatives Sarah Peake (D–Provincetown), Kate Hogan (D–Stow), Denise Andrews (D–Orange) and Liz Malia (D–Jamaica Plain).

See also


  1. Rosenberg, Stan. "4th of July column" (PDF). Stan Rosenberg. Retrieved 6 August 2012. As a foster child who grew up as a ward of the state, as a gay man, as a Jew, I understand what it’s like to be cast as “the other.”<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rizzuto, Robert. "Sen. Stan Rosenberg of Amherst becomes new president of Massachusetts Senate". Retrieved January 7, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. RHS 1967 Yearbook
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  6. "Senator's candid remarks described as 'courageous'". The Republican. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • David Scharfenberg (December 7, 2014), "Testing times for a Senate leader: An advocate for openness in politics, Rosenberg long kept own life private", Boston Globe Unknown parameter |subscription= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Joshua Miller (January 8, 2015), "Rosenberg calls for fight against income inequality", Boston Globe<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "New Senate President Stanley Rosenberg Outlines Agenda", Radio Boston, WBUR, January 13, 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Massachusetts Senate
Preceded by
Tom Birmingham
Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Mark Montigny
Preceded by
Linda Melconian
Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Marian Walsh
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Frederick Berry
Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
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Harriete Chandler
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