House To Consider Revoking Term Limits For Speaker

Thursday on Beacon Hill, House lawmakers are planning to vote on whether they should eliminate the eight-year term limit for the speaker of the house.

Current House Speaker Robert DeLeo pushed for the limit back in 2009, following the departure of Sal DiMasi, who was later convicted of federal corruption charges. But now, DeLeo wants to do away with term limits.

"I wouldn't say I'm going back on my word as much as the fact that over six years, rightly or wrongly, I have learned and feel I have learned in terms of what the importance is of doing away with the term limits we have in our rules," DeLeo explained after a closed-door caucus with House Democrats.


Jim O'Sullivan, politics reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets @JOSreports.


The Boston Globe: In Reversal, Robert DeLeo Opposes Term Limit

  • "The scheduled vote would come weeks after his Democratic colleagues unanimously reelected DeLeo to a fourth term, and following a year during which DeLeo’s name was frequently invoked in connection with the state probation department corruption trial in federal court."

This segment aired on January 29, 2015. The audio for this segment is not available.


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