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Revere Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein to resign

Reinstein, a backer of casinos and House Speaker DeLeo, to take post with Boston Beer Company

Kathi-Anne Reinstein, one of Speaker Robert DeLeo’s top deputies and a backer of a Revere casino, plans to take a post with Boston Beer Company.
Kathi-Anne Reinstein, one of Speaker Robert DeLeo’s top deputies and a backer of a Revere casino, plans to take a post with Boston Beer Company.(Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

One of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s top deputies plans to resign this month, according to people familiar with the decision, a move that would also remove from House leadership a chief advocate for a casino in Revere.

Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein, first elected to the House in 1998, plans to step down to accept a post as government affairs manager for the Boston Beer Company, said people with knowledge of her decision.

The company, which brews Sam Adams beer, has been shopping for a government affairs executive for months, eliciting interest from several prominent figures in local politics.

Reinstein’s decision comes at a pivotal time in the ongoing debate about where to site a Massachusetts casino. The Revere Democrat has been a vocal proponent for Suffolk Downs and a Mohegan Sun facility in Revere, after East Boston residents last year voted down such a venue in their neighborhood.

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Her departure also takes out a top ally of DeLeo. Reinstein has been a staunch DeLeo backer since early in his campaign to become speaker, and serves as an assistant majority leader in the House.


Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at James.OSullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.