2007 MAY - Murray Assumes Presidency - An unusual early session change of power has occurred in the
state Senate, resulting in the election of the first female legislative chief in
the history of Massachusetts.

Triggered by the resignation of President Robert Travaglini
(D-East Boston), who stepped down to pursue a private sector career, the
forty-member Senate unanimously elected six-term Plymouth Democrat Therese
Murray president.Murray, who is no stranger to our Association, has chaired the
powerful Senate Committee on Ways and Means for the past four years.
Previously, she chaired the Committee on Human Services and Elder Affairs.

A strong defender of our defined benefit pension system and
of quality healthcare, Murray has long played a critical role in issues
impacting public retirees. RShe has always been accessible to our Association
and has a keen interest in our issues,S said Association President Ralph White.

RWhile some in the press have mislabeled Terry Murray as a
liberal, that is not at all how she is viewed by her constituents back home,S
explained Association Legislative Liaison Shawn Duhamel, who is a Plymouth
resident. RSenator Murray is known as a straight shooter and for her interest
in policy detail. When you approach her, you better be prepared with the

Upon assuming the presidency, Murray named Senator Steven
Panagiotakos (D-Lowell) as her replacement to chair the Committee on Ways and
Means. Panagiotakos, who had previously served as the committeeUs vice
chairman, was the lead sponsor of the recently passed disability veterans bonus

RSteve Panagiotakos is a proven advocate for public
retirees. He comes from a blue-collar city and has a good sense for the
concerns of our members. Our Association has worked closely with him and his
staff in the past and are looking forward to continuing our good relationship,S
added White.

During his four years as President, Bob Travaglini
established a reputation of openness within the ranks of the Senate membership.
He worked in harmony with House Speaker Sal DiMasi in shepherding a number of
meaningful initiatives, without attempting to develop the image of a power