Massachusetts Democratic Party
ChairpersonSteve Kerrigan
GovernorMaura Healey
Lieutenant GovernorKim Driscoll
Senate PresidentKaren Spilka
House SpeakerRonald Mariano
Membership (2022)Increase 1,438,607[1]
IdeologyModern liberalism
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Colors  Blue
Seats in the U.S. Senate
2 / 2
Seats in the U.S. House
9 / 9
Statewide Executive Offices
6 / 6
Seats in the State Senate
36 / 40
Seats in the State House
134 / 160

The Massachusetts Democratic Party (MassDems) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts. It is chaired by Steve Kerrigan[2] and is the dominant party in the state, controlling all nine of the state's U.S. House seats, both U.S. Senate seats, all six elected statewide offices including the governorship, and supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature.


Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee is responsible for publicizing the platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the state affiliate of the United States Democratic Party. According to the party charter, the State Committee is charged with conducting state-level campaigns for the Democratic Party, coordinating efforts to fill vacancies in nominating candidates to state and congressional offices, and creating and disseminating information regarding official Democratic Party policies and positions. The Committee also engages in fundraising initiatives to support its operations, and coordinates local caucuses and the Democratic State Conventions.

The State Committee comprises 160 elected members, and add-on and ex officio seats, all of whom must be registered Democrats. As of 2024, officers include: Steve Kerrigan, Chair; Debra Kozikowski, Vice-Chair; Leon Brathwaite, Vice-Chair; Carol Aloisi, Secretary; Tara Healey, Treasurer; Gus Bickford, Chair Emeritus. Joe Sherlock serves as Executive Director. Members include two women and two men from each state senatorial district, Democratic National Committee members from Massachusetts, and roughly 120 additional committee members comprising various underrepresented minority groups, including veterans, gay and lesbian citizens, and college-aged youth representatives. Democratic statewide officers, Governor's Councilors, US Representatives and Senators, and the top Democrat in each chamber of the state legislature are ex officio members. Any person who has served for twenty years on the state committee remains a member so long as that person remains registered as a Democrat in Massachusetts.

Eighty of the State Committee members (one of each gender per Senate district) must be elected through presidential primary ballots. The other 80 (one of each gender per Senate district) are elected at Senate district conferences by local town and ward committee members. All State Committee members serve four-year terms. There are numerous subcommittees are of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, including the Affirmative Action and Outreach Committee, the By-Laws Committee, the Campaign Services Committee, the Charter Amendments Committee, the Communications Committee, the Credentials Committee, the Disability Outreach Committee, the Field Services Committee, the Finance Committee, the LGBT Outreach Committee, the Labor Outreach Committee, the Massachusetts Democratic Latino Caucus Committee, the Public Policy Committee, the Rules Committee, the Rural Committee, the Internship-Scholarship Committee, the Senior Outreach Committee, the Site Selection Committee, the State Judicial Council Committee, the Veterans and Military Families Outreach Committee, the Women's Outreach Committee, and the Youth Services Committee. Subcommittees are chaired by State Committee members.


President John F. Kennedy (1961−1963)

The Massachusetts Democratic Party and the National Democratic Party trace their roots to the latter half of the 18th century, when politicians forged alliances based on common national interests. In 1792, Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic-Republican Party, commonly referred to as the "party of the common man." Jefferson's new party was adamantly opposed to what it saw as the Federalist Party's elitist agenda. Jefferson served two consecutive terms as the first Democratic Republican President of the United States beginning in 1800. James Madison, another Democratic-Republican, succeeded Jefferson in 1808, followed by fellow party member James Monroe in 1812. The national party was briefly divided during the election of John Quincy Adams in 1824, in which four Democratic candidates ran for office. Andrew Jackson assumed the leadership of the party following this period, and reunified its constituents. Jackson defined the party's platform and established the Democratic National Convention as a means of organizing and implementing the party's agenda on a national scale. With consecutive presidential victories in 1828 and 1832, Jackson succeeded in solidifying the Democratic-Republicans as a powerful national political party. The name was simplified to the Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention of 1844.

Massachusetts was dominated during the early 19th century by the Federalist Party. The Federalist position was strengthened when Maine, a Democratic-Republican stronghold, achieved statehood in 1820. The Democratic Party in Massachusetts was lacking in well-organized structure and strong leadership for much of the post-Jackson 19th century. Individual factions, including rural groups, immigrants, and factory workers, made up the party rank and file, but were unable to organize effectively to compete with first the Whigs and, after the American Civil War period, the Republicans. They rarely gained control over the legislature, and only one governor (William Russell) served more than two consecutive one-year terms.

As the 19th century was ending, the party found a new strength in an old ideal. The Democrats' long-held suspicions of aristocratic leaders and the wealthy elite struck a chord with immigrants and working class citizens during the first half of the 19th century. Irish Americans gained a measure of organizational power in the party beginning late in the 19th century, but it was not until the 1920s that the Irish, along with other immigrant groups and working-class interests, were able to forge a strong party structure that united their interests and consistently produced electable leadership. By the mid-20th century, the party was successfully contending with Republicans for all major state offices, and had by the 1970s achieved its present dominant position in the state legislature.

20th and 21st centuries

Despite numerous Republicans elected as governor, the Democratic Party was at the forefront of Massachusetts politics for much of the 20th century. Massachusetts Democrats, from John F. Kennedy to Deval Patrick, have played a prominent role in advancing the party's agenda and prominence on a local and national scale. The state's strength as a Democratic stronghold is such that it has not voted for a Republican for president since 1984, when Ronald Reagan was reelected.

The 2006 elections solidified the Democratic Party's dominance in Massachusetts, when Deval Patrick became the first Democratic governor in 16 years. It was moderated in 2014 with the election of Republican Charlie Baker as governor. Currently, every Congressional delegate from Massachusetts is a Democrat. Democrats also occupy all constitutional offices in the Commonwealth's state government which includes governor and lieutenant governor (held by Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll), Attorney General Andrea Campbell, Auditor Diana DiZoglio, Secretary of State William F. Galvin, and Treasurer Deb Goldberg. The party holds super-majorities in both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate.

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of Massachusetts's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2012:

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the nine seats Massachusetts is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, all nine are held by Democrats:

District Member Photo
1st Richard Neal
2nd Jim McGovern
3rd Lori Trahan
4th Jake Auchincloss
5th Katherine Clark
6th Seth Moulton
7th Ayanna Pressley
8th Stephen F. Lynch
9th Bill Keating

Statewide offices

Democrats control all six of the elected statewide offices:

State legislature

See also: 2023–2024 Massachusetts legislature

Mayoral offices

As of 2023, Democrats control the mayoralty in nine of the state's ten largest cities.

Past elected officials

U.S. Presidents

U.S. Senators

U.S. Representatives

before 1874







State legislature

See also: List of Massachusetts General Courts, List of Massachusetts Senate delegations, List of Speakers of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and President of the Massachusetts Senate § List of presidents of the Massachusetts Senate

Speakers of the House

President of the Senate

Other statewide offices

Attorney General


Secretary of the Commonwealth


List of party chairpersons

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (June 2011)

See also


  1. ^ Galvin, William Francis. "Massachusetts Registered Voter Enrollment: 1948–2022". Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  2. ^ Chris Lisinski (April 25, 2023). "Steve Kerrigan is the new head of the Mass. Democratic Party and is no stranger to politics". The Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts). Retrieved December 25, 2023.
  3. ^ "Senate Members: Democrats",, retrieved August 8, 2020
  4. ^ "House Members: Democrats",, retrieved August 8, 2020
  5. ^ Political Points: The Official Vote of the State of Massachusetts. Valuable Information, Political Points, reliable and instructive. Boston: M.J. Kiley. 1891. hdl:2027/hvd.32044024431744 – via HathiTrust.


  1. ^ Banks left the Democratic Party in 1855, but served several nonconsecutive terms in Congress until 1891 as a Know-Nothing and Republican.
  2. ^ Cahill left the Democratic Party in 2009, but remained Treasurer until 2011.

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