Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo announced his intention to seek re-election before a large crowd at his Super Bowl Sunday Re-Election Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.
DeLeo represents part of Revere and the entire town of Winthrop in the State Legislature. He has served as Speaker of the 160-member House since 2009.
State Democratic Committeewoman Alicia DelVento welcomed the many guests, including several public officials from Revere and Winthrop.
U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, whom has been endorsed by Speaker DeLeo, drew a warm ovation from the crowd.
“It’s great to be here to honor our past, our present, and our future Speaker of the House, Bob DeLeo,” said Markey.
Markey praised DeLeo for helping make Massachusetts a national model for laws regarding healthcare, education, climate change, civil rights, and gun safety.
DeLeo, who received a standing ovation as he approached the podium, delivered an inspiring speech that highlighted his many accomplishments in office. He concluded with his Super Bowl prediction. DeLeo, who usually aces the ‘On The Record” quiz portion of the television show, not to mention draws the highest TV ratings, was within a field goal of the total number of points (51) scored in the game, but he leaned toward Jimmy Garropolo and the Forty Niners in his final call.
Following are Speaker DeLeo’s remarks at the breakfast:
Alicia, thank you for that kind introduction. I have known you and your family for many years and you have been an active member of the Winthrop community. Thank you for all that you do.
I would first like to acknowledge my colleagues in government that are here today…
Thank you for coming and thank you for your friendship.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately, our Patriots will not be competing in tonight’s game. That makes forecasting the winner a little bit harder, but I’m looking forward to sharing my prediction with you in a little while.
Thank you all for coming this morning. It means so much to see so many of you. I’m grateful to all of you for your friendship and your support.
I am excited to kick off my re-election campaign with all of you today. I’m going to work hard to earn every vote and I will need the support of each and every one of you here.
I am running for re-election so that we can continue to build upon our successes of the past two years, both here in the 19th Suffolk District and throughout the Commonwealth.
Our current legislative session has been one of the most productive ones yet on Beacon Hill and we have still have a few months left to go!
We have passed a number of important pieces of legislation including:
A landmark education finance bill that will funnel historic levels of funding into the Commonwealth’s public schools;
First in the nation vaping legislation that will keep our children healthy and prevent them from becoming addicted to tobacco;
A ban prohibiting drivers from using hand-held electronic devices in vehicles unless they are in hands-free mode, which will make our roads safer;
A climate resiliency bill that will direct $1 billion dollars to our cities and towns to fund local projects to combat climate change, known as GreenWorks.
We did all of this while maintaining the highest levels in the state’s Rainy Day Fund in the Commonwealth’s history!
We have also made important strides right here in Winthrop and Revere.
In our most recent budget, we included $25,000 for transportation improvements in Winthrop, as well as $76,000 for suicide prevention service and $20,000 for adult mental health services.
We have also continued to provide state funding for our local chambers of commerce, as well as the child safety grants.
For 22 years, we’ve put on the Women’s Health Forum to provide our residents with easy access to health care professionals, advice and flu shots. It’s so wonderful to hold this event in the new school!
For 24 years we’ve sent Team DeLeo to participate in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk — raising thousands of dollars for vital research.
We’ve done annual beach clean-ups. We’ve fought to refurbish Winthrop Beach.
All of this helps make our communities healthier and brighter places for our families.
I feel privileged and honored to help my neighbors each and every day. I hope to continue this work to improve our communities into the next session!
That’s why each election I ask you for your help and your vote. I’m proud to do a job that I love — serving as your state representative.
My friends, with your help, we can make sure that Election Day is a good day for us all.
And now it’s time for my Super Bowl prediction…
Before we wrap up, I would like to thank Patti DePamphilis for all of the work she did to put on this morning’s breakfast. Thank you, Patti.
Thank you all again for coming. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the campaign trail all this year!
God Bless you and your families. God bless our Commonwealth and our nation.