BOSTON — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) submitted his letter of resignation and will be leaving office effective Tuesday, according to a formal letter.
DeLeo steps down after roughly 30 years in the House and a dozen as speaker. The 70-year-old from Winthrop’s resignation takes effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Earlier this month, DeLeo announced that he would begin negotiating possible opportunities with Northeastern University, his alma mater.
“Today I filed a disclosure letter with the House Clerk and the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission to disclose that I intend to begin negotiating prospective employment opportunities with Northeastern University,” Speaker DeLeo said in a statement.
“As of today, I have not personally had any discussions with anyone from Northeastern University relative to any possible employment opportunities.”
A spokesperson for Northeastern University said, “We are looking forward to discussing with Speaker DeLeo opportunities to welcome him back to his alma mater.”
Speaker DeLeo, who is the longest-serving House Speaker in Massachusetts history, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern, according to his biography on the Massachusetts Legislature’s website.
The Democratic supermajority appears ready to elect Representative Ronald Mariano as speaker. The 74-year-old from Quincy has served in the chamber since 1991.
The House Democratic caucus will vote remotely on Wednesday.
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