Senate President Karen E. Spilka


Working hard for the people of Massachusetts every day.


State Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) is the President of the Massachusetts State Senate. As the State Senator for the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk district, she represents the MetroWest communities of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick.


Full Engagement in the Economy

Senate President Spilka believes that when all people in the Commonwealth have access to the opportunities to participate in Massachusetts’ economy—as well as the tools to succeed—we all benefit.

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Regional Equity & Empowerment

Transportation. Infrastructure. Economic Development. Housing. Each region of the Commonwealth has unique assets and unique needs, and no one knows these better how to meet those needs and capitalize on those assets than the residents and local representatives of those regions. 

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Social, Civil and Economic Justice

Senate President Spilka has always believed that everyone in Massachusetts—and in the United States—should have the right to love and marry whomever they choose, and to BE who they are.  She was an early and ardent supporter of equal marriage and transgender protections.

Featured Update


Senate President Karen Spilka Honors Iconic Women in Massachusetts History

There are so many women who have shaped Massachusetts’ history — and their stories, advocacy, and legacy live on. In honor of Women’s History Month, Senate President Karen Spilka imagined a Massachusetts State Senate where more of these photos were permanent. Check out the full list of photos now on display in the Senate President’s Suite here.