BOSTON (WWLP) - Senate President Therese Murray has not announced plans to run for re-election and her term is set to end in 2015, but there's speculation that she may leave her position as soon as this fall.
"Up until the time that she decides that her time here is coming to a close, I'm with Senate President Therese Murray up until that time," said Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield).
Until Murray makes that decision she has the support of her colleagues, but Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst has been silently campaigning to succeed Murray if she leaves.
"I'm a supporter of Stanley Rosenberg's," said Sen. Mark Pacheco (D-Taunton). "He has been an outstanding leader. He will also be in many ways a first as well if he were to ascend to the office of the Presidency of the Senate."
Rosenberg would be the first openly gay Senate President if he were to hold the title. He's been telling colleagues he has an edge over the competition, namely Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen Brewer of Barre. Whatever happens, state lawmakers seem certain the next Senate President will be from western Massachusetts.
"I would say there's almost 100 percent probability that I will be able to serve with a great colleague and friend from western Massachusetts as the Senate President," said Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham).
Rosenberg has experience managing the state's redistricting process and leading gaming legislation. Brewer has been the Senate's budget chief for the past several years. The Senate President has not endorsed either Rosenberg or Brewer to succeed her.