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Massachusetts Senate


Massachusetts Senate

Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts General Court
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 7, 2015
Stanley Rosenberg (D)
Since January 7, 2015
President pro Tempore
Marc Pacheco (D)
Since January 21, 2015
Majority Leader
Harriette Chandler (D)
Since January 21, 2015
Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr (R)
Since January 5, 2011
Seats 40
Political groups
  Democratic: (34)
  Republican: (6)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Chapter 1, Massachusetts Constitution
Salary $58,237.15/year + per diem
Last election
November 4, 2014
(40 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(40 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate
Composition by municipality in the 187th General Court.
Composition by municipality in the 189th General Court.

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 189th General Court, which convened January 7, 2015. It consists of 33 Democrats and 6 Republicans, with one vacancy. The President of the Senate is Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. The Senate Minority Leader, from the Republican Party, is Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. The last state general election was on November 4, 2014.


  • Party control 1
  • Leadership 2
  • Members 3
  • Notes 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Party control

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of 187th General Court 36 4 40 0
Start of 188th General Court 36 4 40 0
End of 188th General Court
Start of 189th General Court 34 6 40 0
June 29, 2015 33 6 39 1
Latest voting share 84.6% 15.4%


Position Name Party Residence District
President Stanley Rosenberg Democratic Amherst Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester
Minority Leader Bruce Tarr Republican Gloucester 1st Essex and Middlesex


Current members of the Senate, sorted by district name:

Senator Party District Home Town/City Service started
Downing, BenjaminBenjamin Downing   Democratic BeHsFHdBerkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield January 2007
Timilty, JamesJames Timilty   Democratic BrNBristol and Norfolk Walpole January 2005
Rodrigues, MichaelMichael Rodrigues   Democratic BrP11st Bristol and Plymouth Westport January 2011
Montigny, MarkMark Montigny   Democratic BrP22nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford January 1993
Wolf, DanDan Wolf   Democratic CICape and Islands Harwich January 2011
Ives, Kathleen O'ConnorKathleen O'Connor Ives   Democratic E11st Essex Newburyport January 2013
Lovely, JoanJoan Lovely   Democratic E22nd Essex Salem January 2013
McGee, Thomas M.Thomas M. McGee   Democratic E33rd Essex Lynn May 2002
Tarr, BruceBruce Tarr   Republican EM11st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester January 1995
L'Italien, BarbaraBarbara L'Italien   Democratic EM22nd Essex and Middlesex Andover January 2015
Welch, James T.James T. Welch   Democratic HdHampden West Springfield January 2011
Lesser, EricEric Lesser   Democratic HdHs11st Hampden and Hampshire Longmeadow January 2015
Humason, Jr., DonaldDonald Humason, Jr.   Republican HdHs22nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield November 2013
Rosenberg, StanleyStanley Rosenberg   Democratic HsFWHampshire and Franklin and Worcester Amherst February 1991
Donoghue, EileenEileen Donoghue   Democratic M11st Middlesex Lowell January 2011
Jehlen, Patricia D.Patricia D. Jehlen   Democratic M22nd Middlesex Somerville September 2005
Barrett, Michael J.Michael J. Barrett   Democratic M33rd Middlesex Lexington January 2013
Donnelly, KenKen Donnelly   Democratic M44th Middlesex Arlington January 2009
Lewis, JasonJason Lewis   Democratic M55th Middlesex Winchester April 2014
Creem, Cynthia StoneCynthia Stone Creem   Democratic MN11st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton January 1999
Spilka, KarenKaren Spilka   Democratic MN22nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland January 2005
DiDomenico, SalSal DiDomenico   Democratic MSMiddlesex and Suffolk Everett May 2010
Eldridge, James B.James B. Eldridge   Democratic MWMiddlesex and Worcester Acton January 2009
Ross, RichardRichard Ross   Republican NBrMNorfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Wrentham May 2010
Joyce, BrianBrian Joyce   Democratic NBrPNorfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton January 1998
Keenan, JohnJohn Keenan   Democratic NPNorfolk and Plymouth Quincy January 2011
Rush, Michael F.Michael F. Rush   Democratic NSNorfolk and Suffolk Boston January 2011
deMacedo, VinnyVinny deMacedo   Republican PBaPlymouth and Barnstable Plymouth January 2015
Pacheco, MarcMarc Pacheco   Democratic PBr11st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton January 1993
Vacant PBr22nd Plymouth and Bristol
Hedlund, RobertRobert Hedlund   Republican PNPlymouth and Norfolk Weymouth January 1995
Forry, Linda DorcenaLinda Dorcena Forry   Democratic S11st Suffolk Boston June 2013
Chang-Diaz, SoniaSonia Chang-Diaz   Democratic S22nd Suffolk Boston January 2009
Petruccelli, AnthonyAnthony Petruccelli   Democratic SM11st Suffolk and Middlesex Boston January 2008
Will Brownsberger   Democratic SM22nd Suffolk and Middlesex Belmont January 2012
Chandler, HarrietteHarriette Chandler   Democratic W11st Worcester Worcester January 2001
Moore, Michael O.Michael O. Moore   Democratic W22nd Worcester Millbury January 2009
Gobi, AnneAnne Gobi   Democratic WHdHsMWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Spencer January 2015
Flanagan, JenniferJennifer Flanagan   Democratic WMWorcester and Middlesex Leominster January 2009
Fattman, RyanRyan Fattman   Republican WNWorcester and Norfolk Webster January 2015


See also


  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.

Further reading

  • "Senate of the General Court of Massachusetts". Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2005. , 2007
  • "House-Senate power struggle brewing", Boston Globe, April 4, 2015 

External links

  • Senate Members of the General Court official government website
  • Official Senate district definitions as of 2011
    • 2002
    • 2010, with names of senators
  • State Senate of Massachusetts at Project Vote Smart
  • Massachusetts Senate at Ballotpedia
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