Robert A. DeLeo

Robert A. DeLeo

Robert A. DeLeo

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THE 188th GENERAL COURT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS


State Representative Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has represented the 19th Suffolk District, including the Town of Winthrop and a portion of the City of Revere, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1991.

A graduate of the Boston Latin School, Representative DeLeo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Rep. DeLeo became Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on January 28, 2009. Starting from his acceptance speech, where he vowed to target House rules, ethics, transportation and pension reform, he has set the House on a path to reform. Within 100 days of assuming the Speakership, the House passed sweeping reforms in each of those areas. In one of his first acts as Speaker, he instituted a maximum limit on the Speaker’s term, capping it at 8 years.

Recently, Representative DeLeo joined his colleagues in overwhelmingly passing expanded gaming legislation that would bring jobs and economic growth to Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the House has also passed the most comprehensive education reform since 1993 to go along with strict anti-bullying legislation.

His efforts have won him the praise of The Boston Herald, which opined that Rep. DeLeo occupies the office of Speaker “honestly and well” while sporting the necessary “guts and determination to wrestle with the nitty-gritty of governing.” The Herald also applauded DeLeo and his colleagues for passing the expanded gaming proposal, stating: “This speaker and House members deserve credit for moving this along.”

His efforts have been lauded by The Boston Globe, which reported that “DeLeo showed political courage” in seeking fiscal solutions to the economic crisis. He has also been called, in the pages of The Globe, “an expert on the state budget.”

Representative DeLeo is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Legislator of the Year Award; the AMVETS’ Legislative Pilgrim Award; the Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislator of the Year Award; the Rotary Club of Winthrop’s Paul Harris Fellow recognition; the Health and Home Care Association of Massachusetts Legislator of the Year Award; the Veterans Agents Legislator of the Year Award; the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and Arc Massachusetts Legislator of the Year Award. Since 2001, Representative DeLeo has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Association for Retarded Citizens (GBArc). He is the recipient of an honorary degree from Suffolk University.

Prior to becoming Speaker, Rep. DeLeo served as the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Before that, he chaired the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading; served as the House chair for the Joint Committee on Local Affairs; and chaired the House Committee on Ethics.

He has remained committed to his constituents. He served as chairman and was a founding member of M.W.R.A. Legislative Caucus; Legislative Caucus on Air Transportation; and was a founding member of the Legislative Caucus on Older Citizens’ Concerns. Prior to his tenure on Beacon Hill, Representative DeLeo served on the Town of Winthrop’s Board of Selectmen—during which time he served as Board Chairman for a total of nine years.

Finally, but most importantly, Representative DeLeo is the proud father of two children. Rob, the recipient of a B.A. in Government from Framingham State College is a doctoral student in Northeastern’s Public and International Affairs program. Rachele graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Family Studies, concentrating in young children and minoring in deaf studies. She works at Boston Medical Center as a Child Life Specialist.
Personal Information
Profession: Attorney/Legislator
Children: 2
Interests: Sports & Reading
Career Highlights

Elected Speaker in January, 2009
House Ways and Means, Chair (2005 -2009)
Elected to House of Representatives in November, 1990

Education & Public Service

Boston Latin School
Northeastern University, B.A
Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
Town Meeting Member (1977-present); Selectmen (1978-1988, chairman 1981-1982, 1984-1985 and 1987-1988)
Winthrop Democratic Town Committee (1980-present, vice chairman 1986-present)
Mass. House (1991-present), House Ways and Means Committee, Chair (2005 to 2009)
Speaker of the House (2009 to present)

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Bachelor of Arts

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs—our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning—build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Northeastern University's accreditation information

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The Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) exists to preserve and support the mission and excellence of the Boston Latin School; to build and maintain relationships among its alumni and friends; to raise funds for both school and Association activities; and to serve as an effective model of a successful public school-private association partnership.

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The Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) exists to preserve and support the mission and excellence of the Boston Latin School; to build and maintain relationships among its alumni and friends; to raise funds for both school and Association activities; and to serve as an effective model of a successful public school-private association partnership.

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The Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) exists to preserve and support the mission and excellence of the Boston Latin School; to build and maintain relationships among its alumni and friends; to raise funds for both school and Association activities; and to serve as an effective model of a successful public school-private association partnership.

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