The General Court of Massachusetts (or Massachusetts Legislature) consists of the House of Representatives and Senate. This body is responsible for law making in Massachusetts and has been meeting since 1713.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives has 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people. The House is led by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session.
The Massachusetts State Senate has 40 members, with each senator elected to represent a district consisting of approximately 159,000 people. The Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session.