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Murray wins first full term as Senate president
(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Murray sat with Sonia Chang-Diaz, a new state senator from Boston, during the start of the swearing-in ceremony today.
By Globe Staff
Senator Therese Murray was unanimously elected today to her first full two-year term as president of the Massachusetts Senate.
"I remain honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers, but it was never about me, and it never will be. ... It is about us, and the work we do together to help make this Commonwealth a better place for everyone," she said in a statement.
Murray, who hails from Plymouth, was first elected to the Senate in 1994. She served as chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and took over the Senate presidency in March 2007 after Robert E.Travaglini left for the private sector.
Senator Richard R. Tisei of Wakefield was unanimously elected by the Republican caucus as minority leader of the Senate.
In the House, Salvatore F. DiMasi of Boston was overwhelmingly installed for a third time as speaker despite the ethics controversies swirling around him, while a deeply divided Republican caucus voted, 9-7, to reelect Representative Bradley Jones of North Reading as minority leader.