BOSTON — Gay Massachusetts state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has been tapped as that body’s majority leader by Senate President Therese Murray.
Rosenberg, who hails from Amherst where he lives with his partner Bryon Hefner, has served in the Senate since 1991, after previously serving in the House for five years. Rosenberg is one of seven openly gay members of the Massachusetts Legislature.
According to his biography, Rosenberg came from meager beginnings, and was raised in foster care, but went on to obtain a Community Development degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he first began working for then-state Senator John Olver, rising up the state Democratic party ranks. From 1983-85 he served as Massachusetts Democratic Party executive director, setting him on the path of his legislative career. While in the Senate, Rosenberg has twice oversaw the state’s redistricting efforts.