Boston state Representative Jeffrey Sanchez is the next House budget chief.
Speaker Robert DeLeo is appointing the longtime lawmaker as chair of the powerful budget writing House Ways and Means Committee.
The Jamaica Plain resident succeeds Brian Dempsey, who announced last week that he's leaving the house and taking a lobbying job.
A vote of Democratic lawmakers today is expected to make Sanchez's appointment official.
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