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Massachusetts Senate

Massachusetts Senate
2019-2020 Massachusetts legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 2, 2019
Karen Spilka (D)
since July 26, 2018
President pro Tempore
William N. Brownsberger (D)
since March 20, 2019
Majority Leader
Cynthia Stone Creem (D)
since February 28, 2018
Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr (R)
since January 5, 2011
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Political groups
  Democratic (36)


  Republican (4)
Length of term
2 years
AuthorityChapter 1, Massachusetts Constitution
Salary$62,500/year; set to increase every two years equal to the increase in the median salary of Massachusetts. Additional stipends are given to leaders of the majority and minority party.
Last election
November 6, 2018
(40 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate

The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Senate comprises 40 elected members from 40 single-member senatorial districts in the state. All but one of the districts are named for the counties in which they are located (the "Cape and Islands" district covers Dukes, Nantucket, and parts of Barnstable counties). Senators serve two-year terms, without term limits.[1] The Senate convenes in the Massachusetts State House, in Boston.

The current session is the 191st General Court, which convened January 2, 2019. It consists of 36 Democrats and 4 Republicans. The President of the Senate is Karen E. Spilka of Ashland. The Senate Minority Leader, from the Republican Party, is Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. The last state general election was on November 3, 2020.


The following are the qualifications to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate:[2]

  • Be eighteen years of age
  • Be a registered voter in Massachusetts
  • Be an inhabitant of Massachusetts for five years
  • Be a resident of the district when elected
  • Receive a least 300 signatures on nomination papers

Recent party control

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
189th General Court 34 6 40 0
Start of 190th General Court 34 6 40 0
End of 190th General Court 31 7 38 2
Start of 191st General Court 34 6 40 0
November 29, 2019[3] 5 39 1
January 5, 2020[4] 4 38 2
May 19, 2020[5] 36 40 0
Latest voting share 90% 10%

Current leadership



The current standing committees of the Massachusetts Senate are as follows:

Committee Chair Vice Chair Ranking Minority
Bills in the Third Reading Sal N. DiDomenico Harriette L. Chandler Bruce Tarr
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Michael O. Moore Nick Collins Vacant
Ethics Eric P. Lesser Cynthia Stone Creem Vacant
Global Warming and Climate Change Marc R. Pacheco Michael J. Barrett Patrick O'Connor
Intergovernmental Affairs Michael F. Rush Sal N. DiDomenico Dean Tran
Personnel and Administration Cynthia Stone Creem Joan B. Lovely Patrick O'Connor
Post Audit and Oversight John F. Keenan Paul R. Feeney Ryan C. Fattman
Redistricting William N. Brownsberger Adam G. Hinds Bruce Tarr
Rules Joan B. Lovely Joseph A. Boncore Ryan C. Fattman
Steering, Policy and Scheduling Mark C. Montigny Michael J. Rodrigues Bruce Tarr
Ways and Means Michael J. Rodrigues Cindy F. Friedman Vacant

Current districts and members

Current members of the Senate, sorted by district name:

Senator Party District Home Town/City Assumed office
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Adam G. Hinds[7]
  Democratic Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield 2017
Paul Feeney   Democratic Bristol and Norfolk Foxborough 2017*[8]
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Michael Rodrigues
  Democratic 1st Bristol and Plymouth Westport 2011
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Mark Montigny
  Democratic 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford 1993
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Julian Cyr[9]
  Democratic Cape and Islands Truro 2017
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Diana DiZoglio
  Democratic 1st Essex Methuen 2019
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Joan Lovely
  Democratic 2nd Essex Salem 2013
Brendan Crighton   Democratic 3rd Essex Lynn 2018*
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Bruce Tarr
  Republican 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester 1995
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Barry Finegold
  Democratic 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover 2019
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James T. Welch
  Democratic Hampden West Springfield 2011
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Eric Lesser
  Democratic 1st Hampden and Hampshire Longmeadow 2015
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John Velis
  Democratic 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield 2020*
Jo Comerford   Democratic Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester district Northampton 2019
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Edward J. Kennedy
  Democratic 1st Middlesex Lowell 2019
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Patricia D. Jehlen
  Democratic 2nd Middlesex Somerville 2005*
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Michael J. Barrett
  Democratic 3rd Middlesex Lexington 2013
Cindy Friedman   Democratic 4th Middlesex Arlington 2017*
Jason Lewis   Democratic 5th Middlesex Winchester 2014*
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Cynthia Stone Creem
  Democratic 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton 1999
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Karen Spilka
  Democratic 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland 2005
Sal DiDomenico   Democratic Middlesex and Suffolk Everett 2010*
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Jamie Eldridge
  Democratic Middlesex and Worcester Acton 2009
Becca Rausch   Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Needham 2019
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Walter Timilty[10]
  Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton 2017
John F. Keenan   Democratic Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy 2011
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Mike Rush
  Democratic Norfolk and Suffolk Boston 2011
Susan Moran   Democratic Plymouth and Barnstable Falmouth 2020*
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Marc Pacheco
  Democratic 1st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton 1993
Michael Brady   Democratic 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Brockton 2015*
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Patrick O'Connor

  Republican Plymouth and Norfolk Weymouth 2016*
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Nick Collins
  Democratic 1st Suffolk Boston 2018*
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Sonia Chang-Díaz
  Democratic 2nd Suffolk Boston 2009
Joseph Boncore   Democratic 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Winthrop 2016*
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Will Brownsberger
  Democratic 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Belmont 2012*
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Harriette L. Chandler
  Democratic 1st Worcester Worcester 2001
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Michael O. Moore
  Democratic 2nd Worcester Millbury 2009
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Anne Gobi
  Democratic Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Spencer 2015
Dean Tran   Republican Worcester and Middlesex Fitchburg 2017*
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Ryan Fattman
  Republican Worcester and Norfolk Webster 2015
  • *Originally elected in a special election

Past composition of the Senate

Composition by municipality in the 187th and 188th General Courts.
Composition by municipality in the 189th General Court and at the opening of 190th General Court.
Composition by municipality in the 190th General Court beginning on December 5, 2017.
Composition by municipality at the beginning of the 191st General Court.

See also


  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Republican Vinny deMacedo (Plymouth and Barnstable) resigned. [1]
  4. ^ Republican Donald Humason Jr. (Massachusetts Senate's 2nd Hampden and Hampshire district|2nd Hampshire and Hampden) resigned. [2]
  5. ^ Democrats John Velis and Susan Moran elected to succeed Humason and deMacedo, respectively. [3]
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  8. ^ Daniel Libon (October 17, 2017). "Feeney Beats Ventura, Shortsleeve In State Senate Race". Patch.
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Further reading

External links

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