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.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives is elected each legislative session by House members. Presiding over the House, the Speaker appoints leadership members and committee chairs, sets priorities for the session, steers the flow of legislation, provides guidance in the interpretation of House rules and ensures that protocol is observed within the Chamber.
The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district consisting of approximately 159,000 people.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets every 72 hours, year-round, in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts House is led by the Speaker of the House 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.
President of the Senate