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Matt Murphy Of State House News Service On Leadership Change On Beacon Hill

The Massachusetts state capitol
WAMC/Ian Pickus
The Massachusetts state capitol

The Speaker of the Massachusetts House delivered a farewell address Tuesday, addressing the chamber just hours before resigning his seat. Democrat Robert DeLeo of Winthrop ended the longest tenure for any House Speaker in state history. Elected in 1991, DeLeo is expected to take a job at Northeastern University. Quincy Democrat Ron Mariano replaces DeLeo as Speaker.For more on the leadership change, WAMC spoke with Matt Murphy of State House News Service. 

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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