The President of the Senate is elected by the members of the body to lead the Senate and set the agenda and priorities for the session. Once elected, the President of the Senate sets the session calendar of legislation to be considered, presides over sessions, interprets rules, answers Parliamentary questions and inquiries, and preserves order and decorum of the Chamber.
Senator Therese Murray currently serves as the President of the Massachusetts Senate. She was first elected to the position in March 2007, and was re-elected to lead the Senate in 2009. Elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1993, she is the first woman in the history of the Commonwealth to be elected President of the Massachusetts Senate. She represents the Plymouth and Barnstable District which includes the communities of Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth and Sandwich.