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Transition week at the State House begins as new legislators from western Massachusetts take their seats

The 193rd Massachusetts legislature, or the "Massachusetts General Court" as it is formally known, held its first formal session on January 4, 2023

Two new Senators, two new House members join the western Mass delegation

The new two-year session of the Massachusetts State Legislature that began this morning at the State House in Boston brings with it some new members to the delegation from western Massachusetts.

Paul Mark of Peru and Jake Oliveira of Ludlow, both Democrats, moved from the House to the State Senate.

Taking their seats in the House Chamber for the first time today are Democratic State Representatives Aaron Saunders of Belchertown and Shirley Arriaga of Chicopee.

Legislative redistricting cost the delegation one seat in the House from Berkshire County.

To discuss the political implications for the new western Massachusetts legislative delegation, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Matt Szafranski, Editor-in-Chief of Western Massachusetts Politics & Insight.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.