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Massachusetts Senate

Massachusetts Senate
2021-2022 Massachusetts legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 6, 2021
Leadership
Karen Spilka (D)
since July 26, 2018
President pro tempore
Will 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
Structure
Seats40
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Political groups
Majority
  Democratic (37)

Minority

  Republican (3)
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.
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(40 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Massachusetts State House interior 02.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Website
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 192nd General Court, which convened January 6, 2021. It consists of 37 Democrats and 3 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.

Qualifications

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)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
189th General Court 34 6 40 0
190th General Court 0
191st General Court 0
192nd General Court 37 3 0
Latest voting share 92.5% 7.5%

Current leadership

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Committees

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


Current districts and members

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

References

  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Candidates-Guide-generic.pdf
  3. ^ "Senate Leadership". The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2021. Retrieved 2021.

Further reading

External links


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