Massachusetts Senate

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Massachusetts Senate
2021–2022 Massachusetts legislature
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Term limits
New session started
January 6, 2021
Karen Spilka (D)
since July 26, 2018
Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr (R)
since January 5, 2011
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Political groups
   Democratic (37)


   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.
Last election
November 3, 2020
(40 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(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 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: [2]

Recent party control

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
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Latest voting share

Current leadership


President of the Senate Karen E. Spilka Ashland Democratic
Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr Gloucester Republican


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

CommitteeChairVice ChairRanking Minority
Bills in the Third Reading
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets
Global Warming and Climate Change
Intergovernmental Affairs
Personnel and Administration
Post Audit and Oversight
Steering, Policy and Scheduling
Ways and Means

Current districts and members

Current members of the Senate:

SenatorPartyDistrictHome town/cityAssumed office
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Michael J. Barrett
 Democratic Lexington 2013
Joseph Boncore  Democratic Winthrop 2016*
Michael Brady  Democratic Brockton 2015*
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William Brownsberger
 Democratic Belmont 2012*
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Harriette L. Chandler
 Democratic Worcester 2001
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Sonia Chang-Díaz
 Democratic Boston 2009
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Nick Collins
 Democratic Boston 2018*
Joanne Comerford  Democratic Northampton 2019
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Cynthia Creem
 Democratic Newton 1999
Brendan Crighton  Democratic Lynn 2018*
John Cronin  Democratic Lunenburg 2021
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Julian Cyr
 Democratic Cape and Islands Truro 2017
Sal DiDomenico  Democratic Middlesex and Suffolk Everett 2010*
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Diana DiZoglio
 Democratic Methuen 2019
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James Eldridge
 Democratic Acton 2009
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Ryan Fattman
 Republican Webster 2015
Paul Feeney  Democratic Foxborough 2017* [4]
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Barry Finegold
 Democratic Andover 2019
Cindy Friedman  Democratic Arlington 2017*
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Anne Gobi
 Democratic Spencer 2015
Adam Gomez  Democratic Springfield 2021
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Adam Hinds [5]
 Democratic Pittsfield 2017
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Patricia Jehlen
 Democratic Somerville 2005*
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John Keenan
 Democratic Quincy 2011
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Edward Kennedy
 Democratic Lowell 2019
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Eric Lesser
 Democratic Longmeadow 2015
Jason Lewis  Democratic Winchester 2014*
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Joan Lovely
 Democratic Salem 2013
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Mark Montigny
 Democratic New Bedford 1993
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Michael Moore
 Democratic Millbury 2009
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Susan Moran
 Democratic Falmouth 2020*
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Patrick O'Connor
 Republican Weymouth 2016*
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Marc Pacheco
 Democratic Taunton 1993
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Rebecca Rausch
 Democratic Needham 2019
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Michael Rodrigues
 Democratic Westport 2011
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Michael Rush
 Democratic Boston 2011
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Karen Spilka
 Democratic Ashland 2005
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Bruce Tarr
 Republican Gloucester 1995
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Walter Timilty [6]
 Democratic Milton 2017
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John Velis
 Democratic Westfield 2020*

Past composition of the Senate

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

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  1. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  4. Daniel Libon (October 17, 2017). "Feeney Beats Ventura, Shortsleeve In State Senate Race". Patch.

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