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MassGIS Data: Massachusetts Governor's Council Districts (2012)

January 2019

*** For the latest data, see the 2021 Governor's Council Districts.

The Massachusetts Governor's Council Districts datalayer reflects the eight voting district boundaries as established by the Massachusetts General Court Special Joint Committee on Redistricting in 2012. Voting resources can be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.

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(.zip file, 832 KB):
 - ESRI Shapefiles (arc and polygon)
 - ArcMap layer files (.lyr) (for ArcMap 10 and 9.0*)
* The data sources in the LYR for Arc 9 will need to be reset)


These boundaries took effect in January 2012, and members are based on the results of the November 2018 elections. The name of the statewide datalayers are GOVCOUNCIL2012_POLY and GOVCOUNCIL2012_ARC.


Staff at the Massachusetts General Court Special Joint Committee on Redistricting developed this layer with its contractor, Caliper Corp. (Newton, MA), using Maptitude for Redistricting software. MassGIS appended the 1:100,000 coastline and state outline and added the Councilor's name and party attributes.


The GOVCOUNCIL2012_POLY attribute table has the following fields:

DIST_NUM 16 / C Numeric district code from redistricting committee
DIST_NAME 16 / C Name of district
MEMBER 2 / C Name of Councilor
PARTY 25 / C Political party of councilor (D = Democrat)

In the GOVCOUNCIL2012_ARC attribute table, the field OUTLINE is coded as follows:

  • 0 = internal district boundaries
  • 1 = state
  • 2 = coastline



These data layers have been superseded by the 2021 Governor's Council Districts.

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