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Massachusetts Senate

NameMassachusetts Senate
LegislatureMassachusetts General Court
Coa PicSeal of the Senate of Massachusetts.svg
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 5, 2011
Session RoomHoly Mackerel State House.jpg
House TypeUpper house
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Therese Murray
Election1March 21, 2007
Leader2 TypePresident pro Tempore
Leader2Stanley Rosenberg
Election2January 8, 2003
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Frederick Berry
Election3January 8, 2003
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Bruce Tarr
Election4January 5, 2011
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(40 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(40 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Political Groups1Democratic Party (36)
Republican Party (4)
Term Length2 years
AuthorityChapter 1, Massachusetts Constitution
Salary$58,237.15/year + per diem
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts

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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. The Senate convenes in the Massachusetts State House, in Boston.

The current session is the 187th General Court, which convened January 5, 2011. It consists of 36 Democrats and 4 Republicans. The President of the Senate is Therese Murray of Plymouth. The Senate Majority Leader, from the Democratic Party, is Frederick Berry of Peabody. The Senate Minority Leader, from the Republican Party, is Bruce Tarr of Gloucester. The last state general election was on November 2, 2010.

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