Scaccia, Naughton leaving the House

Join a growing list of lawmakers exiting Beacon Hill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

REPS. ANGELO SCACCIA of Readville and Harold Naughton of Clinton announced they will not seek re-election this year, joining a large number of other lawmakers who are leaving Beacon Hill.

Scaccia, the most senior member of the House, is leaving after 23 terms. Naughton, who has served 13 terms and is currently the co-chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, is leaving to take a job  with the New York law firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC that will allow him to work from his home in Clinton.

 

Ceylan Rowe, a Democrat from Northborough, has been running for the Worcester County seat since November, and announced Tuesday that she had qualified for the ballot.

Scaccia, a US Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, first took office in 1973. Through the years, he chaired the now-defunct Taxation Committee, the House Science and Technology Committee, and the House Rules Committee, and was at one time a member of Speaker Salvatore DiMasi’s leadership team.

In the acrimonious 2009 fight to replace DiMasi, Scaccia backed Rep. John Rogers who ultimately lost to Rep. Robert DeLeo. Scaccia has remained at odds with DeLeo, openly criticizing the speaker’s management of the branch.

As dean of the House, an honorary title with no leadership status or financial benefit, Scaccia, 77, is in charge of presiding over the House at the start of each two-year session before members elect the speaker.

Former Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo is among the candidates who have pulled papers to run for Scaccia’s seat, according to a spokeswoman for the Elections Division. Consalvo ran for mayor in the crowded 2013 field to replace Mayor Thomas Menino.

Duckens Petit-Maitre, Gretchen Van Ness, Fabien DePeiza, and Matthew Lydon have also picked up nomination papers, according to the spokeswoman.

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The list of incumbents not returning to the hill includes (with the year they took office): Reps. Thomas Petrolati (1987), Louis Kafka (1991), Elizabeth Poirier (1999), Denise Provost (2006), Jonathan Hecht (2009), Randy Hunt (2011), Aaron Vega (2013), Daniel Cullinane (2013), Roselee Vincent (2014), Jose Tosado (2015), and Stephan Hay (2016).

Candidates have three more weeks, until April 28, to file nomination papers with local registrars, but face challenges in gathering signatures due to social distancing measures aimed at reducing COVID-19 spread.

Scaccia’s role as dean now falls to Rep. Theodore Speliotis of Danvers, first elected in 1979, provided he wins re-election in the fall.