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Murray presides over final formal Senate session

August 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Senate President Therese Murray is being saluted by legislative colleagues on Beacon Hill after presiding over her final formal session.

The Plymouth Democrat in 2007 became the first woman to lead either chamber of the state Legislature. Murray was prevented by terms limits from seeking another full term as president of the Senate, and she opted not to seek re-election in her district.

Murray received a standing ovation from senators early Friday near the end of a marathon final session that saw passage of several major bills.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo praised Murray in a statement for her “distinguished service” to Massachusetts.

Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, is in line to succeed Murray as president of the chamber when the next Legislature convenes in January.

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