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February 26, 2024 Clouds | 35°F
The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


About the Senate

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district consisting of approximately 159,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets every 72 hours, year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. The Massachusetts Legislature, known as the General Court, has been meeting since 1713.

A panoramic photo of the Senate Chamber


The Massachusetts Senate celebrates the often-forgotten history of women changemakers in the Commonwealth. Learn more about this project and these powerful figures below:

See Inside the chamber

In 2019, renovations on the Senate Chamber were completed after over 120 years with no major renovations. Watch the time-lapse below or come see it for yourself!