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President of the Massachusetts Senate

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President of the Massachusetts Senate
Seal of the Senate of Massachusetts.svg
Seal of the Senate of Massachusetts
Member ofMassachusetts Senate
Term lengthTwo Years, no term limit
DeputyPresident Pro Tempore

The President of the Massachusetts Senate is the presiding officer. Unlike the United States Congress, in which the Vice President of the United States is the ex officio President of the United States Senate, in Massachusetts the President of the Senate is elected from and by the Senators. The President, therefore, typically comes from the majority party, and the President is then the de facto leader of that party.

The most recent President of the Massachusetts Senate was Harriette Chandler, a Democrat who served as acting President following Stan Rosenberg's decision in December 2017 to temporarily step down from his post while the Senate conducted investigations into allegations of sexual assault made against his husband, Bryon Hefner. Chandler moved from acting President to President of the Senate in February 2018. She relinquished that post on 26 July 2018, and was succeeded by Karen Spilka. Democrats have had a majority in the Senate since 1959.[1]

List of presidents of the Massachusetts Senate

# President Picture Term Party Notes
1st Thomas Cushing
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October 25, 1780 - November 4, 1780[2] Cushing was elected as the first President of the Massachusetts Senate, he resigned on November 4, 1780 because he was elected the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.[2]
2nd Jeremiah Powell November 4, 1780[2]-1782
3rd Samuel Adams
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4th Samuel Phillips
5th Samuel Adams
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6th David Cobb
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F Served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's at-large congressional seat from March 4, 1793 – March 4, 1795.
7th Harrison Gray Otis
1805-06 F
8th John Bacon 1806-1807 DR
9th Samuel Dana 1807-1808 DR
10th Harrison Gray Otis
1808-1811 F
11th Samuel Dana 1811-1813 DR
12th John Phillips
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1813-1823 Served as the first Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.
13th Nathaniel Silsbee
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1823-1826 F
14th John Mills 1826-1828
15th Sherman Leland
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16th Samuel Lathrop 1829-1831 F
17th James Fowler 1830-1831
18th Leverett Saltonstall
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1831 W
19th William Thorndike 1832
20th Benjamin T. Pickman 1833-1835
21st George Bliss 1835
22nd Horace Mann
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1836-1837 W
23rd Myron Lawrence 1838-1839 W
24th Daniel P. King
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1840-1841 W
25th Josiah Quincy Jr.
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1842 W
26th Phineas W. Leland
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1843 D
27th Frederick Robinson 1843 D
28th Josiah Quincy Jr.
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1844 W
29th Levi Lincoln Jr.
1845 DR
30th William B. Calhoun
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1846-1847 W
31st Zeno Scudder
1848 W
32nd Joseph M. Bell 1849 W
33rd Marshall Pinckney Wilder
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1850 W
34th Henry Wilson
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1851-1852 FS Was the 18th Vice President of the United States (1873–1875) and a Senator from Massachusetts (1855–1873).
35th Charles Henry Warren 1853 Whig
36th Charles Edward Cook 1854
37th Henry W. Benchley
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1855 A
38th Elihu C. Baker 1856 A
39th Charles W. Upham
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1857-1858 W Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 6th district from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1855.
40th Charles Abner Phelps 1859-1860 R[3] Also served as the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1856.
41st William Claflin
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1861 R Also served as the 27th Governor of Massachusetts from 1869–1872, and as a member of the United States Congress from 1877–1881.
42nd John Henry Clifford
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1862 R Also served as the Massachusetts Attorney General and, from 1853 to 1854, as the 21st Governor of Massachusetts.
43rd Jonathan E. Field 1863-1865 R
44th Joseph Adams Pond 1866-October 28, 1867 Died in office at age 40.
45th George O. Brastow
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1868-1869 Also served as a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council, and as the first Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts.
46th Robert Carter Pitman
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1869 Resigned
47th George O. Brastow
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1869 Also served as a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council, and as the first Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts.
48th Horace Hopkins Coolidge
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49th George B. Loring
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1873-1876 R
50th John B. D. Cogswell
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1877-1879 R
51st Robert R. Bishop
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1880-1882 R
52nd George Glover Crocker
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1883 R
53rd George A. Bruce
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1884 R Also served as the fourth Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts.
54th Albert E. Pillsbury
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1885-1886 R Served as the Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1891 to 1894. Drafted original bylaws of the NAACP.
55th Halsey J. Boardman
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1887-1888 R
56th Harris C. Hartwell
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1889 R
57th Henry H. Sprague
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1890-1891 R
58th Alfred S. Pinkerton
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1892-1893 R
59th William M. Butler
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1894-1895 R Also served as United States Senator from Massachusetts from November 13, 1924 to December 6, 1926 and was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1924 to 1928.
60th George P. Lawrence
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1896-1897 R
61st George E. Smith
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1898–1900 R
62nd Rufus A. Soule
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1901-1902 R
63rd George R. Jones
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1903-1904 R
64th William F. Dana [4]
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1905-1906 R
65th William D. Chapple
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1907-1908 R
66th Allen T. Treadway
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1909-1911 R Served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1913 until January 3, 1945.
67th Levi H. Greenwood
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1912-1913 R
68th Calvin Coolidge
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1914-15 R Later served as the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929).
69th Henry Gordon Wells
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1916-18 R
70th Edwin T. McKnight
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1919-1920 R
71st Frank G. Allen
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1921-1924 R Also was the 51st Governor of Massachusetts.
72nd Wellington Wells
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1925-1928 R
73rd Gaspar G. Bacon
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1929-1932 R
74th Erland F. Fish
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1933-1934 R
75th James G. Moran
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1935-1936 R Elected by 19 Democrats and 1 Republican.[5]
76th Samuel H. Wragg
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1937-1938 R
77th Joseph R. Cotton
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1939-1940 R
78th Angier L. Goodwin
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1941 R
79th Jarvis Hunt
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1942-1944 R
80th Arthur W. Coolidge
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1945-1946 R
81st Donald W. Nicholson
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1947 R
82nd Harris S. Richardson
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1948 R
83rd Chester A. Dolan Jr.
1949 D
Harris S. Richardson
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1950 R
84th Richard I. Furbush
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1951-1956 R
85th Newland H. Holmes
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1957-1958 R
86th John E. Powers
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1959-1964 D
87th Maurice A. Donahue
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1964-1971 D
88th Kevin B. Harrington
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1971-1978 D
89th William Bulger
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1978-1996 D
90th Tom Birmingham
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1996–2003 D
91st Robert Travaglini
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2003-2007 D
92nd Therese Murray
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2007-2015 D
93rd Stan Rosenberg
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2015-2017 D
94th Harriette L. Chandler 2017-2018 D
95th Karen Spilka 2018- D

A = American, D = Democratic, R = Republican, W = Whig

See also


  1. ^ Boston Globe, September 21, 1988
  2. ^ a b c Massachusetts General Court - Senate (January 1, 1879), The Journal of the Senate for the year 1879, Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts General Court - Senate, p. 5
  3. ^ Brown, Edgar M. (1859), Annual Register of the Executive and Legislative Department of the Government of Massachusetts, 1859, Boston, Massachusetts: Alfred Mudge & Son Printers, p. 4.
  4. ^ "William Franklin Dana". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 1922.
  5. ^ Merrill, John (January 11, 1935). "Moran Wins in Senate, Faints". The Boston Daily Globe.


  • The Massachusetts State House, p. 141-42. Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Boston, 1953.

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