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Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler Sees Herself As A Bridge To Help Legislators Finish Important Work14:59

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The Massachusetts State House. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Over the last two months, Beacon Hill has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by state lawmakers. First, there were reports by The Boston Globe of aides and lobbyists who claimed to have been harassed during meetings with elected officials.

Then a few weeks ago, another report in The Boston Globe that Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, had assaulted or harassed four men and bragged about his influence over the senate. Rosenberg stepped down from his leadership post and Senate lawmakers hired an outside counsel to find out if any ethics rules were violated.

To fill Rosnberg's place, lawmakers elected Sen. Harriette Chandler to lead the Senate. The Worcester Democrat is 79 years old, and has served in the Legislature for 23 years.


Harriette Chandler, acting state Senate President, and a Democrat from Worcester. She tweets @Sen_Chandler.

This segment aired on December 18, 2017.

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