Senator Mark Montigny has been named to a key leadership post by Senate President Therese Murray. 

Montigny has been selected as an Assistant Majority Leader.  The New Bedford Democrat says he welcomes the new position.

Sen. Montigny says his new leadership post should give him an opportunity to further programs he cares about on the Southcoast.

Montigny says he also plans to maintain his independence, despite his new job in leadership.