Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ track record on women’s political representation is one that many find disappointing and perhaps surprising for a state often characterized as innovative and progressive. The commonwealth elected the first woman to the United States Senate in 2012. Currently, Massachusetts is ranked 21st in the nation for the proportion of women serving in the state legislature (25.0%). At the municipal level, representation has seen a slight uptick to 21.8% in 2014 from 19.6% in 2013.

Women Municipal Officials in Massachusetts 2003-2014

Massachusetts Mayors by Sex, 2014

Women in the Massachusetts State Legislature 1979-2014

Female Elected Officials in Massachusetts: Congressional, Statewide, Legislative, and Municipal, 2014

  Total Number of Women Percent Women
U.S. Senate 2 1 50%
U.S. House 9 2 22.2%
Statewide* 6 4 66.6%
MA Legislature 200 50 25%
MA Senate 40 12 30%
MA House of Representatives 160 38 23.8%
Municipal Governing Bodies** 1739 379 21.8%

*Includes: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, Treasurer.
** Does not include school board/school committee positions.

Sources: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from the Center for American Women in Politics, 2014

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Massachusetts Municipal Directory, 2014.