Stan Rosenberg

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Stan Rosenberg
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Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1991
Preceded by John Olver
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the Amherst & Pelham district
In office
January 1986 – January 1991
Preceded by James G. Collins
Succeeded by Ellen Story
Personal details
Born (1949-11-12) November 12, 1949 (age 65)
Revere, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Residence Amherst, Massachusetts
Alma mater University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Religion Jewish[1]
Website stanrosenberg.com

Stanley C. Rosenberg, commonly known as Stan Rosenberg, is an American politician from Amherst, Massachusetts who serves as majority leader of the Massachusetts Senate. 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.

Education[edit]

Raised in foster care, Rosenberg is a 1968 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[edit]

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 Atkins from 1985 to 1986.

Legislative career[edit]

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 is currently Majority Leader of the State Senate. Appointed by Senate President Therese Murray on January 31, 2013; becoming the highest ranking LGBT elected official in the Commonwealth.

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.[2] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Ethics & Rules

Personal[edit]

Rosenberg is openly gay and currently resides in Amherst.[3] 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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Stan. "4th of July column". 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.” 
  2. ^ http://www.malegislature.gov/District.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Senator's candid remarks described as 'courageous'". The Republican. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Berry
Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Position Created
President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts Senate
2003–2013
Succeeded by
Richard T. Moore
Preceded by
Linda Melconian
Assistant Majority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Marian Walsh
Preceded by
Tom Birmingham
Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee
1996–1999
Succeeded by
Mark Montigny