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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Senator James T. Welch Served 2011 - 2020 Democrat - Hampden

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State Senator James Welch was sworn in January 2011 to represent Hampden District including Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, and West Springfield. Senator Welch has lived in West Springfield his entire life; he graduated from West Springfield High School and continued his education at Springfield Technical Community College then transferred to Westfield State College to receive his B.S. in Business Management. In 2001 Senator Welch began his career in public service, by joining the staff of then Representative Stephen J. Buoniconti. In 2004, Senator Welch was elected to the West Springfield City Council representing District 4. In January of 2005 he was elected to represent the 6th Hampden District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Senator Welch and his wife Kara (Flynn) reside in West Springfield with their two sons Tommy (4) and Christopher (2).

Personal Information


Legislator, Realtor


Kara (Flynn)



Education & Public Service

  • West Springfield High School
  • Westfield State College, B.S. Business Management
  • West Springfield City Council
  • Mass. House (2005-2010)
  • Mass. Senate (2011-present)