The Massachusetts House could be seeing change at the top as speculation grows that DeLeo is weighing whether to re and wgit a post at his alma mater Northeastern University.
The speaker, through an aide, said he's had no talks with the school. DeLeo, through an aide, said he has had no talks with the school, but the volume of chatter about a possible change in leadership on Beacon Hill has increased in recent days.
DeLeo, a Democrat, is already the longest-serving speaker in Massachusetts history. A possible successor to DeLeo would be Rep. Ronald Mariano, a Quincy Democrat.
Mariano holds a top leadership post, serving as majority leader. Mariano — first elected to the House in December in a special election — declined to comment through an aide Thursday. DeLeo has served in the top post in the House for 12 years, following the reation in January of former Democratic Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, who would later be convicted on federal corruption charges including conspiracy, extortion and theft of honest services by fraud.
He ended up serving five years of an eight-year prison sentence. The two speakers preceding DiMasi also left under a cloud. Neither Finneran nor Flaherty served prison time. DeLeo was first elected to the House in He went on to serve as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee before taking the reins as speaker.