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Frederick Berry
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Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex
Former Member
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Majority Leader, Massachusetts Senate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Councilor-at-Large, Peabody City Council
Bachelor'sBoston College, 1972
Master'sAntioch College, 1974
Date of birthDecember 20, 1949
Place of birthSalem, MA
Office website
Personal website
Frederick Berry (b. December 20, 1949) is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Essex district from 1983 to 2013 and serving as Majority Leader from 2003 to 2013. Berry began his political experience in 1979 when he joined the Peabody City Council. His work within the city council was terminated when he became a Massachusetts state senator. In 1994, Berry became the Second Assistant Majority Floor Leader until 1994 and a year later became the Assistant Majority Floor Leader until 1996.

Berry has professional experience as an administrator.

Berry earned his Bachelors degree from Boston College in 1972 and his MEd from Antioch College in 1974.[1]


Berry is involved in a number of organizations, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Friends of Peabody, Beverly Council on Aging, Friends of Peabody, Danvers Council on Aging, Friends of Peabody, Salem Council on Aging, Friends of Project RAP, Hogan Berry Regional Center, North Shore Association for Retarded Citizens, North Shore Children's Law Project, and North Shore Community Mental Health Center

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Berry served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Berry served on these committees:



Berry did not run for re-election in 2012.


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Berry won re-election to the Second Essex District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Richard Jolitz ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Essex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick Berry (D) 37,072
Richard Jolitz (R) 18,969
Matthew Fraser (I) 4,230
All Others 43
Blanks 3,512


On November 4, 2008, Berry won re-election for the Senate election for the Second Essex district.[2] In this election he raised $132,898-; of that total $127,790 (96.4%) was from in state contributions and $4,825 (3.6%) was from out of state contributions.[3]

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick Berry (D) 63,296
All Others 561
Blanks 20,423

Campaign donors


In 2010, Berry received $142,075 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Frederick Berry's campaign in 2010
Berry, Frederick E$6,806
Massachusetts Society Of CPAs$1,000
Professional Fire Fighters Of Massachusetts$1,000
Connors Jr, John M$1,000
Beer Distributors Of Massachusetts$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $142,075


In 2008 Frederick Berry collected $132,898 in donations. [5]

H-- four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Frederick Berry $3,700
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society $1,000
Beer Distributors of Massachusetts $1,000
Boston Police Patrolmen's Association $1,000

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Frederick Berry was born in Salem, Massachusetts and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts. He is currently single.

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Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex
Succeeded by
Joan B. Lovely (D)