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Massachusetts Senate
Type Upper house
President of the Senate Therese Murray, (D)
since March 21, 2007
Majority Leader Frederick Berry, (D)
since January 8, 2003
Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei, (R)
since 2007
Members 40
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
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Senate Chamber,
Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA, US

The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Senate consists of 40 elected members from an equal amount of single-member senatorial districts in commonwealth. All but one district is named for the counties in which they are located (the "Cape and Islands" district covers Dukes, Nantucket and parts of Barnstable counties). The President of the Senate is Therese Murray. The last state general election took place on November 4, 2008. Senators serve two-year terms without term limits.[1]

The Senate convenes in the Massachusetts State House in Boston.



Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 35 5 40 0
Begin 35 5 40 0
January 6, 2010 34 5 39 1
Latest voting share 87.1% 12.8%


Position Name Party Residence District
President Therese Murray Democratic Plymouth Plymouth & Barnstable
Majority Leader Frederick Berry Democratic Peabody 2nd Essex
Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei Republican Wakefield Middlesex & Essex

Members of the 186th Senate

This is a list of current Massachusetts State Senators, ordered by district name. Dates of election are in November, unless otherwise noted.

Senator Party District ↑ Home Town/City First Elected
  Benjamin Downing D Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin Pittsfield 2006
  James Timilty D Bristol and Norfolk Walpole 2004
  Joan Menard D 1st Bristol and Plymouth Somerset 2000
  Mark Montigny D 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford 1992
  Robert O'Leary D Cape and Islands Barnstable 2000
  Steven Baddour D 1st Essex Methuen Jan. 2002
  Frederick Berry D 2nd Essex Peabody 1982
  Bruce Tarr R 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester 1994
  Susan Tucker D 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover 1998
  Thomas McGee D 3rd Essex and Middlesex Lynn May 2002
  Stephen Buoniconti D Hampden West Springfield 2004
  Gale D. Candaras D 1st Hampden and Hampshire Wilbraham 2006
  Michael Knapik R 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield 1994
  Stanley Rosenberg D Hampshire and Franklin Amherst Feb. 1991
  Steven Panagiotakos D 1st Middlesex Lowell 1992
  Patricia D. Jehlen D 2nd Middlesex Somerville Sep. 2005
  Susan Fargo D 3rd Middlesex Lincoln 1996
  Ken Donnelly D 4th Middlesex Arlington 2008
  Richard Tisei R Middlesex and Essex Wakefield 1990
  Cynthia Stone Creem D 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton 1998
  Karen Spilka D 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland 2004
Vacant[2] Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex
  James B. Eldridge D Middlesex and Worcester Acton 2008
  Brian Joyce D Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton Jan. 1998
  Scott Brown R Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Wrentham Mar. 2004
  Michael Morrissey D Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy 1992
  Therese Murray D Plymouth and Barnstable Plymouth 1992
  Marc Pacheco D 1st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton 1992
  Thomas P. Kennedy D 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Brockton 2008
  Robert Hedlund R Plymouth and Norfolk Weymouth 1994
  John Hart, Jr. D 1st Suffolk Boston Feb. 2002
  Sonia Chang-Diaz D 2nd Suffolk Boston 2008
  Anthony Petruccelli D 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Boston 2007
  Steven Tolman D 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Boston 1998
  Marian Walsh D Suffolk and Norfolk Boston 1992
  Harriette Chandler D 1st Worcester Worcester 2000
  Michael O. Moore D 2nd Worcester Millbury 2008
  Stephen Brewer D Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Barre 1996
  Jennifer L. Flanagan D Worcester and Middlesex Leominster 2008
  Richard T. Moore D Worcester and Norfolk Uxbridge Apr. 1996

See also


  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^ Zauzmer, Julie M. Galluccio Resigns Senate Seat, Says He Will Appeal Jail Sentence. The Harvard Crimson. January 5, 2010.

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