Massachusetts Senate

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Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts General Court
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 2, 2013
Therese Murray (D)
since March 21, 2007
President pro Tempore
Majority Leader
Stanley Rosenberg (D)
since February 1, 2013
Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr (R)
since January 5, 2011
Seats 40
Political groups
Democratic Party (36)
Republican Party (4)
Length of term
2 years
Authority Chapter 1, Massachusetts Constitution
Salary $58,237.15/year + per diem
Last election
November 6, 2012
(40 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2014
(40 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Holy Mackerel State House.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate
Composition by municipality in the 187th 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 188th General Court, which convened January 2, 2013. It consists of 36 Democrats and 3 Republicans. The President of the Senate is Therese Murray of Plymouth. The Senate Majority Leader, Stanley Rosenberg of the Democratic Party, was named on February 1, 2013.[2][3] The Senate Minority Leader, from the Republican Party, is Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. The last state general election was on November 6, 2012.

Composition of the 188th General Court[edit]

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
February 1, 2013[a] 35 39 1
June 14, 2013[a] 36 40 0
August 9, 2013[b] 3 39 1
November 20, 2013[7] 36 4 40 0
December 12, 2013[8] 35 39 1
April 1, 2014[9] 36 4 40 0
Latest voting share 90% 10%


The Senate leadership was announced in late January 2013.[10]

Position Name Party Residence District
President Therese Murray Democratic Plymouth Plymouth & Barnstable
Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg Democratic Amherst Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester
President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore Democratic Uxbridge Worcester and Norfolk
Minority Leader Bruce Tarr Republican Gloucester 1st Essex and Middlesex


The members of the 188th Senate, sorted by district name, are as follows.

Senator Party District Home Town/City Term start
  Downing, BenjaminBenjamin Downing D BeHsFHd Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield Jan. 2007
  Timilty, JamesJames Timilty D BrN Bristol and Norfolk Walpole Jan. 2005
  Rodrigues, MichaelMichael Rodrigues D BrP1 1st Bristol and Plymouth Westport Jan. 2011
  Montigny, MarkMark Montigny D BrP2 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford Jan. 1993
  Wolf, DanDan Wolf D CI Cape and Islands Harwich Jan. 2011
  Ives, Kathleen O'ConnorKathleen O'Connor Ives D E1 1st Essex Newburyport Jan. 2013
  Lovely, JoanJoan Lovely D E2 2nd Essex Salem Jan. 2013
  McGee, Thomas M.Thomas M. McGee D E3 3rd Essex Lynn May 2002
  Tarr, BruceBruce Tarr R EM1 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester Jan. 1995
  Finegold, BarryBarry Finegold D EM2 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover Jan. 2011
  Welch, James T.James T. Welch D Hd Hampden West Springfield Jan. 2011
  Candaras, Gale D.Gale D. Candaras D HdHs1 1st Hampden and Hampshire Wilbraham Jan. 2007
  Humason, Jr., DonaldDonald Humason, Jr. R HdHs2 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield Nov. 2013
  Rosenberg, StanleyStanley Rosenberg D HsFW Hampshire and Franklin and Worcester Amherst Feb. 1991
  Donoghue, EileenEileen Donoghue D M1 1st Middlesex Lowell Jan. 2011
  Jehlen, Patricia D.Patricia D. Jehlen D M2 2nd Middlesex Somerville Sep. 2005
  Barrett, Michael J.Michael J. Barrett D M3 3rd Middlesex Lexington Jan. 2013
  Donnelly, KenKen Donnelly D M4 4th Middlesex Arlington Jan. 2009
  Lewis, JasonJason Lewis D M5 5th Middlesex Winchester Apr. 2014
  Creem, Cynthia StoneCynthia Stone Creem D MN1 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton Jan. 1999
  Spilka, KarenKaren Spilka D MN2 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland Jan. 2005
  DiDomenico, SalSal DiDomenico D MS Middlesex and Suffolk Everett May 2010
  Eldridge, James B.James B. Eldridge D MW Middlesex and Worcester Acton Jan. 2009
  Ross, RichardRichard Ross R NBrM Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Wrentham May 2010
  Joyce, BrianBrian Joyce D NBrP Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton Jan. 1998
  Keenan, JohnJohn Keenan D NP Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy Jan. 2011
  Rush, Michael F.Michael F. Rush D NS Norfolk and Suffolk Boston Jan. 2011
  Murray, ThereseTherese Murray D PBa Plymouth and Barnstable Plymouth Jan. 1993
  Pacheco, MarcMarc Pacheco D PBr1 1st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton Jan. 1993
  Kennedy, Thomas P.Thomas P. Kennedy D PBr2 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Brockton Jan. 2009
  Hedlund, RobertRobert Hedlund R PN Plymouth and Norfolk Weymouth Jan. 1995
  Forry, Linda DorcenaLinda Dorcena Forry D S1 1st Suffolk Boston June 2013
  Chang-Diaz, SoniaSonia Chang-Diaz D S2 2nd Suffolk Boston Jan. 2009
  Petruccelli, AnthonyAnthony Petruccelli D SM1 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Boston Jan. 2008
  Will Brownsberger D SM2 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Belmont Jan. 2012
  Chandler, HarrietteHarriette Chandler D W1 1st Worcester Worcester Jan. 2001
  Moore, Michael O.Michael O. Moore D W2 2nd Worcester Millbury Jan. 2009
  Brewer, StephenStephen Brewer D WHdHsM Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Barre Jan. 1997
  Flanagan, JenniferJennifer Flanagan D WM Worcester and Middlesex Leominster Jan. 2009
  Moore, Richard T.Richard T. Moore D WN Worcester and Norfolk Uxbridge Apr. 1996


  1. ^ a b Democrat Jack Hart (1st Suffolk) resigned effective February 1, 2013 to join the Boston law office of Nelson Mullins.[4] Democrat Linda Forry was sworn in to succeed Hart on June 14, 2013.[5]
  2. ^ Republican Michael Knapik (2nd Hampden and Hampshire) resigned August 9, 2013.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^ "Exit opens floodgates for Senate presidency". Boston Herald. January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Salsberg, Bob. "Leadership team named for Mass. Senate". Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Southie's Jack Hart to leave Senate
  5. ^ Linda Dorcena Forry sworn in as State Senator
  6. ^ Odds in Mass. Senate just get worse for GOP
  7. ^ Republican Donald Humason, Jr. elected to succeed Knapik. [1]
  8. ^ Democrat Katherine Clark (5th Middlesex) resigned after being elected to Congress. [2]
  9. ^ Democrat Jason Lewis elected to succeed Katherine Clark.
  10. ^ Murphy, Matt (January 31, 2013). "State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst named new majority leader in reworked Massachusetts senate leadership team". MassLive. 

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