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.

Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts General Court
Term limits
New session started
January 2, 2019
Karen Spilka (D)
since July 26, 2018
President pro Tempore
William N. 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
Political groups
  Democrat (34)


  Republican (4)
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 6, 2018
(40 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate

The current session is the 191st General Court, which convened January 2, 2019. It consists of 34 Democrats and 6 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 6, 2018.

Recent party control

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
Start of 189th General Court 34 6 40 0
June 25, 2016[2] 33 39 1
November 10, 2015[3] 34 40 0
January 4, 2016[4] 5 39 1
January 21, 2016[5] 33 38 2
May 18, 2016[6] 34 6 40 0
Start of 190th General Court 34 6 40 0
End of 190th General Court 31 7 38 2
Start of 191st General Court 34 6 40 0
November 29, 2019 34 4 38 2
Latest voting share 85% 10%

Current leadership


Position Leader Municipality Party
President of the Senate Karen E. Spilka Ashland Democratic
Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem Newton
President Pro Tempore William N. Brownsberger Belmont
Senate President Emerita Harriette L. Chandler Worcester
Assistant Majority Leader Joan B. Lovely Salem
Michael J. Barrett Lexington
Sal N. DiDomenico Everett
Majority Whip Michael F. Rush West Roxbury
Assistant Majority Whip Julian Cyr Truro
Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues Westport
Senate Ways and Means Vice Chair Cindy F. Friedman Arlington
Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr Gloucester Republican
Assistant Minority Leader Ryan C. Fattman Sutton
Minority Whip Patrick M. O'Connor Weymouth
Assistant Minority Whip Dean A. Tran Leominster
Senate Ways & Means Ranking Member Vacant


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 Harriette L. Chandler Bruce Tarr
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Michael O. Moore Nick Collins Vacant
Ethics Eric P. Lesser Cynthia Stone Creem Vacant
Global Warming and Climate Change Marc R. Pacheco Michael J. Barrett Patrick O'Connor
Intergovernmental Affairs Michael F. Rush Sal N. DiDomenico Dean Tran
Personnel and Administration Cynthia Stone Creem Joan B. Lovely Patrick O'Connor
Post Audit and Oversight John F. Keenan Paul R. Feeney Ryan C. Fattman
Redistricting William N. Brownsberger Adam G. Hinds Bruce Tarr
Rules Joan B. Lovely Joseph A. Boncore Ryan C. Fattman
Steering, Policy and Scheduling Mark C. Montigny Michael J. Rodrigues Bruce Tarr
Ways and Means Michael J. Rodrigues Cindy F. Friedman Vacant

Current members

Current members of the Senate, sorted by district name:

Senator Party District Home Town/City Assumed office
Adam G. Hinds[8]   Democratic Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield 2017
Paul Feeney   Democratic Bristol and Norfolk Foxborough 2017*[9]
Michael Rodrigues   Democratic 1st Bristol and Plymouth Westport 2011
Mark Montigny   Democratic 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford 1993
Julian Cyr[10]   Democratic Cape and Islands Truro 2017
Diana DiZoglio   Democratic 1st Essex Methuen 2019
Joan Lovely   Democratic 2nd Essex Salem 2013
Brendan Crighton   Democratic 3rd Essex Lynn 2018*
Bruce Tarr   Republican 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester 1995
Barry Finegold   Democratic 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover 2019
James T. Welch   Democratic Hampden West Springfield 2011
Eric Lesser   Democratic 1st Hampden and Hampshire Longmeadow 2015
Vacant 2nd Hampden and Hampshire
Jo Comerford   Democratic Hampshire and Franklin and Worchester Northampton 2019
Edward J. Kennedy   Democratic 1st Middlesex Lowell 2019
Patricia D. Jehlen   Democratic 2nd Middlesex Somerville 2005*
Michael J. Barrett   Democratic 3rd Middlesex Lexington 2013
Cindy Friedman   Democratic 4th Middlesex Arlington 2017*
Jason Lewis   Democratic 5th Middlesex Winchester 2014*
Cynthia Stone Creem   Democratic 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton 1999
Karen Spilka   Democratic 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland 2005
Sal DiDomenico   Democratic Middlesex and Suffolk Everett 2010*
James B. Eldridge   Democratic Middlesex and Worcester Acton 2009
Rebecca L. Rausch   Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Needham 2019
Walter Timilty[11]   Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton 2017
John Keenan   Democratic Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy 2011
Michael F. Rush   Democratic Norfolk and Suffolk Boston 2011
Vacant Plymouth and Barnstable
Marc Pacheco   Democratic 1st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton 1993
Michael Brady   Democratic 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Brockton 2015*
Patrick O'Connor   Republican Plymouth and Norfolk Weymouth 2016*
Nick Collins   Democratic 1st Suffolk Boston 2018*
Sonia Chang-Diaz   Democratic 2nd Suffolk Boston 2009
Joseph A. Boncore   Democratic 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Winthrop 2016*
Will Brownsberger   Democratic 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Belmont 2012*
Harriette Chandler   Democratic 1st Worcester Worcester 2001
Michael O. Moore   Democratic 2nd Worcester Millbury 2009
Anne Gobi   Democratic Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Spencer 2015
Dean Tran   Republican Worcester and Middlesex Fitchburg 2017*
Ryan Fattman   Republican Worcester and Norfolk Webster 2015
  • *Originally elected in a special election

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



    1. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
    2. Democrat Thomas P. Kennedy (2nd Plymouth and Bristol) died.
    3. Democrat Michael Brady sworn in to succeed Kennedy
    4. Republican Robert L. Hedlund (Plymouth and Norfolk) resigned after being elected Mayor of Weymouth.
    5. Democrat Anthony Petruccelli (1st Suffolk and Middlesex) resigned after accepting a job in the private sector.
    6. Republican Patrick O' Connor and Democrat Joseph Boncore sworn in to succeed Hedlund and Petruccelli, respectively.
    9. Daniel Libon (October 17, 2017). "Feeney Beats Ventura, Shortsleeve In State Senate Race". Patch.

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