BOSTON – On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, the 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will begin.
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will convene the formal session held in the new Senate Chamber of the State House.
First elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2004, Spilka was sworn in as the new president of the Massachusetts Senate in July 2018.
Elected to serve the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district, Spilka, serves the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick.
She started her career in politics in MetroWest, as an Ashland School Committee member.
In 2001, she was elected to the House of Representatives in a special election.
In January 2015, Senator Spilka was appointed by Senate President Stan Rosenberg to serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, the committee that oversees the budget and finances of the Commonwealth. Rosenberg resigned in 2018.
Also on Wednesday, will be the swearing in of newly-elected and re-elected House of Representative members, including Maria Robinson (D-Framingham), Rep Jack Patrick Lewis (D-Framingham), and Rep. Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury), who represents Saxonville at 11 a.m.
Rep. Lewis was re-elected to serve the Town of Ashland and one-third of the 18 Precincts in the City of Framingham.
Robinson will represent the Sixth Middlesex District former served by the late Rep. Chris Walsh, who died in 2018. Robinson represents
Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15 in the City.
Robinson is the first Korean-American elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.