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Massachusetts Senate

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Massachusetts Senate
2019–2020 Massachusetts legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 2, 2019
Leadership
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
Structure
Seats40
Massachusetts Senate, 3-28-20.svg
Political groups
Majority
  Democrat (36)

Minority

  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.
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(40 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Holy Mackerel State House.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts
Website
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 191st General Court, which convened January 2, 2019. It consists of 36 Democrats and 4 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.

Qualifications

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

  • Be eighteen 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 control

Democrats hold a supermajority in the Senate.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
189th General Court 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[3] 5 39 1
January 5, 2020[4] 4 38 2
May 19, 2020[5] 36 40 0
Latest voting share 90% 10%

Current leadership

[6]

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 Vacant
Senate Ways & Means Ranking Member Vacant

Committees

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 districts and members

Current members of the Senate, sorted by district name:

Senator Party District Home Town/City Assumed office
Adam G. Hinds.png

Adam G. Hinds[7]
  Democratic Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Pittsfield 2017
Paul Feeney   Democratic Bristol and Norfolk Foxborough 2017*[8]
Michael Rodrigues 2010.jpg

Michael Rodrigues
  Democratic 1st Bristol and Plymouth Westport 2011
Mark Montigny - May 2012.jpg

Mark Montigny
  Democratic 2nd Bristol and Plymouth New Bedford 1993
Julian Cyr.jpg

Julian Cyr[9]
  Democratic Cape and Islands Truro 2017
Diana Photo.jpg

Diana DiZoglio
  Democratic 1st Essex Methuen 2019
Joan Lovely 2013.jpg

Joan Lovely
  Democratic 2nd Essex Salem 2013
Brendan Crighton   Democratic 3rd Essex Lynn 2018*
Bruce Tarr 2010.jpg

Bruce Tarr
  Republican 1st Essex and Middlesex Gloucester 1995
Barry Headshot NEW.jpg

Barry Finegold
  Democratic 2nd Essex and Middlesex Andover 2019
2005 James Welch Massachusetts House of Representatives.png

James T. Welch
  Democratic Hampden West Springfield 2011
Eric Lesser Solo Photograph.jpg

Eric Lesser
  Democratic 1st Hampden and Hampshire Longmeadow 2015
John Velis.jpg

John Velis
  Democratic 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Westfield 2020*
Jo Comerford   Democratic Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester district Northampton 2019
Edward J Kennedy MA government photo.jpg

Edward J. Kennedy
  Democratic 1st Middlesex Lowell 2019
Patricia Jehlen at Assembly station opening, September 2014.JPG

Patricia D. Jehlen
  Democratic 2nd Middlesex Somerville 2005*
1991 Michael John Barrett senator Massachusetts.jpg

Michael J. Barrett
  Democratic 3rd Middlesex Lexington 2013
Cindy Friedman   Democratic 4th Middlesex Arlington 2017*
Jason Lewis   Democratic 5th Middlesex Winchester 2014*
Cynthia S. Creem.jpg

Cynthia Stone Creem
  Democratic 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Newton 1999
Karen E. Spilka.jpg

Karen Spilka
  Democratic 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Ashland 2005
Sal DiDomenico   Democratic Middlesex and Suffolk Everett 2010*
James B. Eldridge (State Portrait).jpg

Jamie Eldridge
  Democratic Middlesex and Worcester Acton 2009
Becca Rausch   Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Needham 2019
2003 Walter Timilty Massachusetts House of Representatives.png

Walter Timilty[10]
  Democratic Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Milton 2017
John F. Keenan   Democratic Norfolk and Plymouth Quincy 2011
2005 Michael Rush Massachusetts House of Representatives.png

Mike Rush
  Democratic Norfolk and Suffolk Boston 2011
Susan Moran   Democratic Plymouth and Barnstable Falmouth 2020*
Marc Pacheco 2008 (cropped).jpg

Marc Pacheco
  Democratic 1st Plymouth and Bristol Taunton 1993
Michael Brady   Democratic 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Brockton 2015*
Plymouth & Norfolk State Senator Patrick M. O'Connor.png

Patrick O'Connor

  Republican Plymouth and Norfolk Weymouth 2016*
Nick Collins.jpg

Nick Collins
  Democratic 1st Suffolk Boston 2018*
Sonya Chang-Diaz.jpg

Sonia Chang-Díaz
  Democratic 2nd Suffolk Boston 2009
Joseph Boncore   Democratic 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Winthrop 2016*
William N. Brownsberger.jpg

Will Brownsberger
  Democratic 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Belmont 2012*
Harriette L. Chandler.jpg

Harriette L. Chandler
  Democratic 1st Worcester Worcester 2001
Senator Michael O. Moore.jpg

Michael O. Moore
  Democratic 2nd Worcester Millbury 2009
2003 Anne Gobi Massachusetts House of Representatives.png

Anne Gobi
  Democratic Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Spencer 2015
Dean Tran   Republican Worcester and Middlesex Fitchburg 2017*
Massachusetts State Senator Ryan Fattman.jpg

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

References

  1. ^ Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Article LXXXII.
  2. ^ https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/Candidates-Guide-generic.pdf
  3. ^ Republican Vinny deMacedo (Plymouth and Barnstable) resigned. [1]
  4. ^ Republican Donald Humason Jr. (Massachusetts Senate's 2nd Hampden and Hampshire district|2nd Hampshire and Hampden) resigned. [2]
  5. ^ Democrats John Velis and Susan Moran elected to succeed Humason and deMacedo, respectively. [3]
  6. ^ https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Leadership/Senate
  7. ^ https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/AGH0
  8. ^ Daniel Libon (October 17, 2017). "Feeney Beats Ventura, Shortsleeve In State Senate Race". Patch.
  9. ^ https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/JAC0
  10. ^ https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/WFT0

Further reading

External links

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