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Welcome to Massachusetts on Ballotpedia!

The state of Massachusetts has a long political history; earlier political structures included the Mayflower Compact of 1620, the separate Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth colonies and the combined colonial Province of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Constitution was ratified in 1780 while the Revolutionary War was in progress, four years after the Articles of Confederation was drafted and eight years before the current United States Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788. Drafted by John Adams, the constitution of Massachusetts is one of the oldest functioning written constitutions in continuous effect in the world.

Massachusetts has two members of the U.S. Senate, a total of nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 160 members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and 40 members of the Massachusetts State Senate.


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National politics in Massachusetts

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Flag of the United States.png Current members of the U.S. Senate

Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:
Ed Markey
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Democratic PartyU.S. Senate, Massachusetts 2013January 3, 2021November 2020Link
Elizabeth Warren
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Democratic PartyU.S. Senate, Massachusetts 2013January 3, 2019November 2018Link

Flag of the United States.png Current members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:
Bill Keating
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Democratic PartyDistrict 9 2011January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Jim McGovern
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Democratic PartyDistrict 2 1989January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Joseph Kennedy III
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Democratic PartyDistrict 4 2013January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Katherine Clark
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Democratic PartyDistrict 5 2013January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Michael Capuano
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Democratic PartyDistrict 7 1999January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Niki Tsongas
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Democratic PartyDistrict 3 2007January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Richard Neal
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Democratic PartyDistrict 1 1989January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Seth Moulton
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Democratic PartyDistrict 6 2015January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link
Stephen Lynch
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Democratic PartyDistrict 8 2001January 3, 2017November 8, 2016Link

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The structure of the Massachusetts judicial system is laid out in Massachusetts Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Superior Courts, the Massachusetts District Courts, the Massachusetts Housing Court, the Massachusetts Juvenile Courts, the Massachusetts Land Courts, the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts and the Boston Municipal Courts.

The federal court system is made up of the District Court of Massachusetts and the District of Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court. Appeals from these courts go to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.



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The Bay State
Capital:   Boston
Motto:   Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
Translation:   By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
Population:   6.55 million
Area of state:   10,550 sq. mi.
Admitted to U.S.:   1788
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