Massachusetts Senate

Massachusetts Senate
193rd General Court of Massachusetts
Coat of arms or logo
Seal of the Senate of Massachusetts
Term limits
New session started
January 4, 2023
Karen Spilka (D)
since July 26, 2018
President pro tempore
William 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
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Political groups
Majority (37)
  •   Democratic (37)

Minority (3)

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityChapter 1, Massachusetts Constitution
Salary$70,537/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, 2022
(40 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Senate
Rules of the Massachusetts Senate (English)

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 following are the qualifications to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate:[2]

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be a registered voter in Massachusetts
  • Be an inhabitant of Massachusetts for five years
  • Be a resident of the district when elected
  • Receive a least 300 signatures on nomination papers

Recent party controlEdit

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
Begin 189th (2015-2016) 34 6 40 0
Begin 190th (2017-2018)
Begin 191st (2019-2020)
Begin 192nd (2021-2022) 37 3 40 0
Begin 193rd (2022-2023) 37 3 40 0
Latest voting share 92.5% 7.5%


Current leadershipEdit

Current members and districtsEdit

Current committees and membersEdit

Past composition of the SenateEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^ "How to Run for Office in Massachusetts" (PDF). March 2017.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts Senate". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 5, 2023.

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