Massachusetts Senate

Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts General Court
Term limits
New session started
January 4, 2017
Karen E. Spilka (D)
Since July 26, 2018
President pro Tempore
Marc Pacheco (D)
Since January 21, 2015
Majority Leader
Cynthia Stone Creem (D)
Since February 28, 2018
Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr (R)
Since January 5, 2011
Seats 40
Political groups


  Democrat (31)


  Republican (7)
  Vacant (2)
Length of term
2 years
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.
Last election
November 8, 2016
(40 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(40 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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 190th General Court, which convened January 4, 2017. It consists of 31 Democrats and 7 Republicans, with two vacancies.[2] 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 8, 2016.

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[3] 33 39 1
November 10, 2015[4] 34 40 0
January 4, 2016[5] 5 39 1
January 21, 2016[6] 33 38 2
May 18, 2016[7] 34 6 40 0
Start of 190th General Court 34 6 40 0
April 2, 2017[8] 33 39 1
April 17, 2017[9] 32 38 2
July 26, 2017[10] 33 39 1
August 31, 2017[11] 32 38 2
October 17, 2017[12] 33 39 1
December 5, 2017[13] 7 40 0
January 3, 2018[14] 32 39 1
January 26, 2018[15] 31 38 2
March 6, 2018[16] 32 39 1
April 11, 2018[17] 31 38 2
May 1, 2018[18] 32 39 1
May 4, 2018[19] 31 38 2
Latest voting share 77.5% 17.5%

Current leadership


Position Leader Party Residence District
President of the Senate Karen E. Spilka Democratic Ashland 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk
Majority leader Cynthia Stone Creem Democratic Newton 1st Middlesex and Norfolk
President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco Democratic Taunton 1st Plymouth and Bristol
Assistant Majority Leader Mark C. Montigny Democratic New Bedford 2nd Bristol and Plymouth
Assistant Majority Leader Patricia D. Jehlen Democratic Somerville 2nd Middlesex
Assistant Majority Leader Sal N. DiDomenico Democratic Everett Middlesex and Suffolk
Senate Majority Whip Michael J. Rodrigues Democratic Westport 1st Bristol and Plymouth
Assistant Majority Whip Jason M. Lewis Democratic Winchester 5th Middlesex
Senate Ways and Means Chair vacant
Senate Ways and Means Vice Chair Joan B. Lovely Democratic Salem 2nd Essex
Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr Republican Gloucester 1st Essex and Norfolk
Assistant Minority Leader Donald F. Humason, Jr. Republican Westfield 2nd Hampden and Hampshire
Assistant Minority Leader Richard J. Ross Republican Wrentham Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Minority Whip Ryan C. Fattman Republican Gloucester Worcester and Norfolk
Minority Whip Patrick M. O'Connor Republican Weymouth Plymouth and Norfolk
Senate Ways & Means Ranking Member Viriato M. deMacedo Republican Plymouth Plymouth and Barnstable

Current members

Current members of the Senate, sorted by district name:

Senator Party District Home Town/City Assumed office
Adam G. Hinds[21]   Democratic Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield 2017
Paul Feeney   Democratic Bristol and Norfolk Foxborough 2017*[22]
Michael Rodrigues   Democratic 1st Bristol and Plymouth Westport 2011
Mark Montigny   Democratic 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford 1993
Julian Cyr[23]   Democratic Cape and Islands Truro 2017
Kathleen O'Connor Ives   Democratic 1st Essex Newburyport 2013
Joan Lovely   Democratic 2nd Essex Salem 2013
Brendan Crighton   Democratic 3rd Essex Lynn 2018*
Bruce Tarr   Republican 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester 1995
Barbara L'Italien   Democratic 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover 2015
James T. Welch   Democratic Hampden West Springfield 2011
Eric Lesser   Democratic 1st Hampden and Hampshire Longmeadow 2015
Donald Humason, Jr.   Republican 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield 2013*
Vacant   Hampshire and Franklin and Worcester
Vacant   1st Middlesex
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
Richard Ross   Republican Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Wrentham 2010*
Walter Timilty[24]   Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton 2017
John Keenan   Democratic Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy 2011
Michael F. Rush   Democratic Norfolk and Suffolk Boston 2011
Vinny deMacedo   Republican Plymouth and Barnstable Plymouth 2015
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

See also



    1. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
    2. Democrat Ken Donnelly died
    3. Democrat Thomas P. Kennedy (2nd Plymouth and Bristol) died.
    4. Democrat Michael Brady sworn in to succeed Kennedy
    5. Republican Robert L. Hedlund (Plymouth and Norfolk) resigned after being elected Mayor of Weymouth.
    6. Democrat Anthony Petruccelli (1st Suffolk and Middlesex) resigned after accepting a job in the private sector.
    7. Republican Patrick O' Connor and Democrat Joseph Boncore sworn in to succeed Hedlund and Petruccelli, respectively.
    8. Sen. Ken Donnelly (D – Fourth Middlesex) dies
    9. Sen. James Timilty (D – Bristol & Norfolk) resigns to serve as Norfolk County Treasurer
    10. Democrat Cindy Friedman, chief of staff to the late Sen. Ken Donnelly (D – Fourth Middlesex) wins special election to succeed him
    11. Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D – Worcester & Middlesex) resigns to become a state Cannabis Control Commissioner
    12. Democrat Paul Feeney elected to replace Sen. James Timilty (D – Bristol & Norfolk)
    13. Republican Dean Tran elected to replace Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D – Worcester & Middlesex)
    14. Democrat Thomas M. McGee (D – Third Essex) resigned to become Mayor of Lynn
    15. Democrat Linda Dorcena Forry (D – First Suffolk) resigned
    16. "Crighton Takes His Seat In The State Senate". Itemlive. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
    17. "Donoghue sworn in as city manager, and gets right down to work". Lowell Sun. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
    18. "Nick Collins cruises to victory in state Senate special election". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
    19. "Stan Rosenberg to quit Senate after scathing ethics report". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
    22. Daniel Libon (October 17, 2017). "Feeney Beats Ventura, Shortsleeve In State Senate Race". Patch.

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