2008 Massachusetts Senate elections

Elections to the 187th Massachusetts State Senate was held on November 4, 2008, the same date as the 2008 Massachusetts House election as well as Federal and Congressional elections. Massachusetts Senators serve two-year terms.

Senate contests in 2008[edit]

District Incumbent Competing candidates[1] 2008 Result 2006 Winner %[2]
Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield) Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield) 70.8%
Bristol and Norfolk James Timilty (D-Walpole) James Timilty (D-Walpole)
Jon Rockwood (R-Walpole)
1st Bristol and Plymouth Joan Menard (D-Somerset) Joan Menard (D-Somerset) 99.2%
2nd Bristol and Plymouth Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) 82.1%
Cape and Islands Robert O'Leary (D-Barnstable) Robert O'Leary (D-Barnstable) 63.3%
1st Essex Steven Baddour (D-Methuen) Steven Baddour (D-Methuen) 98.7%
2nd Essex Frederick Berry (D-Peabody) Frederick Berry (D-Peabody) 99.0%
1st Essex and Middlesex Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) 99.1%
2nd Essex and Middlesex Susan Tucker (D-Andover) Susan Tucker (D-Andover) 99.0%
3rd Essex and Middlesex Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn) Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn) 99.1%
Hampden Stephen Buoniconti (D-West Springfield) Stephen Buoniconti (D-West Springfield) 99.0%
1st Hampden and Hampshire Gale D. Candaras (D-Wilbraham) Gale D. Candaras (D-Wilbraham) 59.6%
2nd Hampden and Hampshire Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) 98.8%
Hampshire and Franklin Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst)
Keith C. McCormic (R-Greenfield)
Rosenberg (D) 78.35%
McCormic (R) 15.31%
Others 6.34%
1st Middlesex Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell) Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell) 75.8%
2nd Middlesex Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) 98.1%
3rd Middlesex Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln) Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln)
Sandra Martinez (R-Chelmsford)
4th Middlesex J. James Marzilli, Jr. (D-Arlington) Brion Cangiamila (R-Billerica)
Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington)
Middlesex and Essex Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) 98.5%
1st Middlesex and Norfolk Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) 99.2%
2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) 98.2%
Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex Anthony Galluccio (D-Cambridge) Anthony Galluccio (D-Cambridge) 99.0%
Middlesex and Worcester Pamela Resor (D-Acton) James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Steven Levy (R-Marlborough)
James Eldridge (D) 58.5%
Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) Scott Brown (R-Wrentham)
Sara Orozco (D-Needham)
Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Brian Joyce (D-Milton) Brian Joyce (D-Milton) 75.3%
Norfolk and Plymouth Michael W. Morrissey (D-Quincy) Michael W. Morrissey (D-Quincy) 98.9%
Plymouth and Barnstable Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) 98.7%
1st Plymouth and Bristol Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) 99.1%
2nd Plymouth and Bristol Robert Creedon, Jr. (D-Brockton) Thomas P. Kennedy (D-Brockton) 99.4%
Plymouth and Norfolk Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth) Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth) 64.4%
1st Suffolk John Hart, Jr. (D-Boston) John Hart, Jr. (D-Boston)
Althea Garrison (I-Boston)
2nd Suffolk Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston) Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston)
William Theodore Leonard (Socialist Workers-Boston)
Sonia Chang-Diaz (D) 71.3%
1st Suffolk and Middlesex Anthony Petruccelli (D-Boston) Anthony Petruccelli (D-Boston) 98.8%
2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Steven Tolman (D-Boston) Steven Tolman (D-Boston) 99.0%
Suffolk and Norfolk Marian Walsh (D-Boston) Marian Walsh (D-Boston) 68.7%
1st Worcester Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) 72.9%
2nd Worcester Edward M. Augustus, Jr. (D-Worcester) Stephen W. Baer (GR-Shrewsbury)
John I. Lebeaux (R-Shrewsbury)
Michael Moore (D-Millbury)
Michael Moore (D) 67.5%
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) 99.6%
Worcester and Middlesex Robert Antonioni (D-Leominster) Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) 99.2%
Worcester and Norfolk Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) 99.2%


  1. ^ State Election Candidates 2008
  2. ^ Return of Votes for Massachusetts State Election, November 7, 2006.
  3. ^ Complete Return of Votes 2008

External links[edit]

  • Imagine Election — Sample ballots, candidate profiles and polling place information for Massachusetts voters.
  • Project Vote Smart — Candidate information including issue positions and voting records.