Women in leadership roles in the Senate and House of Representatives are at an all-time high!
The Senate is headed by its third female President, Karen Spilka; and, in the House, 3 of the 9 Members of the Speaker’s leadership team are female including Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad. Senate President Spilka fills out the ranks of her leadership team with three other women including the Senate President Emerita, Harriette Chandler.
The Senate has 10 female chairs of committees and 14 vice-chairs.
The House has 10 female chairs and 9 vice-chairs
Senator Spilka (D - Ashland) represents the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk district. She began her legislative career in the House in 2001 and was elected to the Senate in 2005. She previously served as Senate Majority Whip before being elected Senate President in July of 2018.
Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler
Senator Harriette Chandler (D - Worcester) was elected to the the Massachusetts State Senate in 2001, serving the First Worcester District. She is the first woman from Worcester to ever be elected to the State Senate. She served as a State Representative from 1995-2001 before being elected to the Senate. Senator Chandler previously served as the Senate Majority Whip and Senate Assistant Majority Leader under Senate President Therese Murray before being appointed Senate Majority Leader by Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem
Senator Cynthia Creem (D - Newton), was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1999, serving the First Middlesex and Norfolk District.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Joan Lovely
Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad
Representative Patricia Haddad (D - Somerset) was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2001, serving the people of the 5th Bristol District. She served as the House Assistant Majority Whip from 2008-2010 under Speaker Robert DeLeo and has held the post of Speaker Pro Tempore since.
First Division Chair Representative Kate Hogan
Third Division Chair Representative Sarah Peake
Representative Sarah Peake (D - Provincetown) was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2007, serving the people of the 4th Barnstable District. She served as the House Chairwoman for the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government before being selected as Third Division Chair.