Mass. State Senator Has Separated From His Husband Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Jan 11, 2018

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, less than two months after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hefner, sources close to Rosenberg told WBUR Thursday.

Hefner was accused in late November by four men — some with business before the Legislature — of inappropriately touching and kissing them. Their accusations were first detailed in a jolting Boston Globe report, and included that Hefner claimed he could influence matters before the Senate.

A day later, Rosenberg denied any knowledge of the allegations prior to the Globe's story, and told reporters Hefner "has no influence over policy, the internal operations of the Senate, or any Senate related business." He said in December that Hefner was entering treatment for alcoholism.

The Amherst Democrat announced shortly thereafter that he would be taking a leave of absence and stepping down from his post as Senate president until an investigation into the allegations against his husband is complete. The Senate Ethics Committee has hired a legal team to investigate whether Rosenberg violated Senate rules in connection with the allegations against Hefner.

On Dec. 5, the Senate selected Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler to serve as acting Senate president pending the investigation's findings.

WBUR's Steve Brown contributed to this report, which was originally published by WBUR.