|2021–2022 Massachusetts legislature|
New session started
|January 6, 2021|
President pro tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Chapter 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.|
| November 3, 2020 |
| November 8, 2022 |
|State Senate Chamber|
Massachusetts State House
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.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.
The following are the qualifications to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate:
Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|189th General Court||34||6||40||0|
|190th General Court|
|191st General Court|
|192nd General Court||37||3|
|September 9, 2021||36||39||1|
|January 20, 2022||37||40||0|
|Latest voting share||93%||8%|
|President of the Senate||Karen E. Spilka||Second Middlesex and Norfolk||Democratic|
|Majority Leader||Cynthia Stone Creem||First Middlesex and Norfolk|
|President pro tempore||William N. Brownsberger||Second Suffolk and Middlesex|
|Senate President Emerita||Harriette L. Chandler||First Worcester|
|Assistant Majority Leader||Joan B. Lovely||Second Essex|
|Michael J. Barrett||Third Middlesex|
|Sal N. DiDomenico||Middlesex and Suffolk|
|Senate Majority Whip||Michael F. Rush||Norfolk and Suffolk|
|Assistant Majority Whip||Julian Cyr||Cape and Islands|
|Senate Ways and Means Chair||Michael J. Rodrigues||First Bristol and Plymouth|
|Minority Leader||Bruce E. Tarr||First Essex and Middlesex||Republican|
|Assistant Minority Leader||Ryan C. Fattman||Worcester and Norfolk|
|Patrick M. O'Connor||Plymouth and Norfolk|
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||Joan B. Lovely||Bruce E. Tarr|
|Ethics||Eric P. Lesser||Cynthia Stone Creem||Patrick M. O'Connor|
|Global Warming and Climate Change||Cynthia Stone Creem||Michael J. Barrett||Patrick M. O'Connor|
|Intergovernmental Affairs||Michael F. Rush||Adam G. Hinds||Patrick M. O'Connor|
|Personnel and Administration||Brendan P. Crighton||Patrick M. O'Connor|
|Post Audit and Oversight||Michael O. Moore||James B. Eldridge||Ryan C. Fattman|
|Reimagining Massachusetts Post-Pandemic Resiliency||Adam G. Hinds||Jason M. Lewis||Patrick M. O'Connor|
|Redistricting||William N. Brownsberger||Anne M. Gobi||Bruce E. Tarr|
|Rules||Joan B. Lovely||Ryan C. Fattman|
|Steering and Policy||Mark C. Montigny||Michael J. Rodrigues||Bruce E. Tarr|
|Ways and Means||Michael J. Rodrigues|| Cindy F. Friedman |
Jason M. Lewis (Assistant Vice Chair)
|Patrick M. O'Connor|
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