POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Spilka tax study gets Baker’s attention

MetroWest Daily News • March 30, 2019

State Senate President Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, has been talking about a tax code working group since early January, but it appears now it’s close to fruition. Read article.

Democrat Karen Spilka of Ashland elected president of Mass. Senate

MetroWest Daily News • July 26, 2018

An Ashland resident will lead the Senate for the first time, as veteran legislator Karen Spilka was elected Senate president Thursday. Spilka succeeds Sen. Harriet Chandler.  Read article

The Legislature elects third female Senate President

WWLP-22 News • July 26, 2018

Just days before formal sessions come to an end, Interim Senate President Harriette Chandler handed the gavel to Ashland Democrat  Senator Karen Spilka, the state senate's next president.  Watch video

Karen Spilka will be voted in as 95th president of the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday

The republican • July 26, 2018

On Thursday, it will indisputably be Spilka's time: she'll be voted in as the 95th president of the Massachusetts Senate.  Read article

Incoming Senate president vows transparency, reforms in wake of scandal

WCVB • July 25, 2018


State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, will be the third president this session when she replaces the current president, Sen. Harriette Chandler of Worcester.  Watch video

MassBay receives $25M for new health sciences center in Framingham

MetroWest Daily News • July 13, 2018

Thanks to $25 million in state money, MassBay Community College will continue to have a presence in Framingham through a new health sciences center.  Read article

Women Lead Ways and Means Committee for 1st Time

NBC10 Boston • June 6, 2018

For the first time in history, women are leading the Massachusetts Senate's Ways and Means Committee.  Watch video

State Senate passes $41.49B spending plan

SHNS/MWDN • May 25, 2018

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a $41.49 billion spending plan for fiscal 2019 in the early morning hours Friday.  Read article

Karen Spilka to become Senate president in July

SHNS/MWDN • April 5, 2018

Senate President Harriette Chandler and Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka have agreed after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations that Chandler will cede the presidency to Spilka the week of July 23.  Read article

Karen Spilka says she has votes to be next Mass. Senate president

Boston Globe • March 21, 2018

“Senators have made clear that they want certainty in leadership to allow us to focus solely on the vitally important work to be done on behalf of the people at this time,” she said. “It’s time to turn the page and usher in a new era of collaborative leadership in the Senate.”  Read article

Incoming Senate president talks Beacon Hill, governor race: On The Record

WCVB • April 29, 2018

Incoming Mass. Senate president Sen. Karen Spilka joins On The Record to talk about the latest on Beacon Hill.  Watch video

Spilka’s Bill To Protect Puppies and Kittens Passes Senate; On To House Next

Framingham Source • March 15, 2018

Senate 1155, An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, filed by Senator Karen Spilka, ensures that puppies and kittens are bred and sold in safe and healthy environments and strengthens the Massachusetts “Puppy Lemon Law” to give pet owners more options if they unknowingly purchase a sick pet.  Read article

First Responder Peer Support Bill Passes Mass. Senate

NBC10 Boston • May 25, 2018

A bill the could save the lives of first responders in Massachusetts is one step closer to becoming law. The Senate has approved the First Responder Peer Support Bill which would allow first responders to ask for help from their peers, as opposed to a counselor or a supervisor, with confidentiality. The bill, which moved forward with the help of Senator Karen Spilka, still needs final approval.  Watch video