State Senate President Harriette Chandler is preparing to hand over power to her successor, Ashland Democratic Senator Karen Spilka.
Chandler delivered her final address as president yesterday, praising her colleagues for continuing their work during difficult times.
The Worcester Democrat was voted as president when Stan Rosenberg stepped aside amid a sex assault scandal involving his husband.
The 80-year-old Chandler has been in the Senate for nearly two decades.
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