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Walsh promoted to ethics chair as House freshmen get committee assignments

House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday named state Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester) to the top of the House Ethics Committee.

Walsh, a local union leader who once strongly backed DeLeo's rival for the speakership, served as vice chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business.

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Dorchester and Mattapan's freshman state representatives were notified of their committee assignments: Rep. Carlos Henriquez will sit on the Education Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee.

Rep. Russell Holmes, a Mattapan financial analyst, was appointed to the Financial Services Committee, the Housing Committee, and the Global Warming Committee.

Rep. Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat whose district includes Dorchester's Columbia Point and the Polish Triangle, was appointed to the Economic Development Committee, Children and Families Committee and Elder Affairs Committee.

Other Boston delegation members are staying where they were: Linda Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester representative who is married to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry, keeps the House chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business; Michael Moran of Allston-Brighton, who will lead state redistricting efforts this year, keeps his Election Laws chairmanship; Kevin Honan of Brighton is chairing Housing; Elizabeth Malia of Jamaica Plain stayed on as chair of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and fellow Jamaica Plain Democrat Jeffrey Sanchez stays atop the Public Health Committee.

Rep. Martha Walz of Beacon Hill received a promotion: The House chair of the Education Committee last session, she'll be assistant vice chair of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee.

After a Friday afternoon caucus, where House members received their assignments, DeLeo told reporters, "Considering what our major objectives are in terms of job creation, GIC planning, parole and probation changes, we decided to make some changes, reshuffling some people in various positions and I feel at the end of the day we have a great team, a strong team, and I look forward to the session ahead."

The full list of appointments is available here.

Material from State House News Service was used in this report.