James Welch

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James Welch
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Massachusetts State Senate, Hampden District
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
2004 - 2010
Bachelor'sWestfield State College
Office website
Personal website
James T. Welch is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Hampden district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Welch served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Hampden district from 2004 to 2011.


Welch earned his B.S. in Business Management from Westfield State College. His professional experience includes working as a realtor.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Welch served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Joint, Vice-chair
Election Laws Joint
Health Care Financing Joint, Chair
Public Safety and Homeland Security Joint


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


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



Welch won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District. Wolf defeated Melvin A. Edwards in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

Massachusetts State Senate, Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Welch Incumbent 61.3% 6,244
Melvin Edwards 38.7% 3,936
Total Votes 10,180


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Welch won election to the Hampden senate seat in 2010. He defeated Susan Dawson and Ronald Patenaude in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Robert Magovern (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Hampden District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Welch (D) 21,567
Robert Magovern (R) 13,824
All Others 41
Blanks 2,425


On November 4, 2008, Welch won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Sixth Hampden district.[1] In this election he raised $48,151; of that total $43,376 (90.1%) was from in state contributions, $4,550 (9.4%) was from out of state contributions, and $225 (0.5%) was from unknown sources.[2]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Sixth Hampden district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Welch (D) 13,531
All Others 84
Blanks 4,209

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Welch raised $93,970 in contributions.[3]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Welch, James T $5,000
Nisource Inc $1,250
Fulco, Mark B $1,100


Welch raised $48,151 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
Boston Police Patrolmens Association $1,000
Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union $1,000
Massachusetts Association of Realtors $900
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts $700
Retired Public Employees $600


Welch and his wife, Kara, have two children. He has been a member of the Dante Club, May Institute Human Rights Committee, Westfield Elks, and West Springfield Rotary Club.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Hampden
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Hampden 6
Succeeded by
Michael Finn