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And Then There Were 25 – John Marsi Joins GOP Minority In Massachusetts House of Representatives

March 27, 2024

Dudley Selectman John Marsi joined the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Marsi, a Republican, was elected March 5 in an uncontested election for the Sixth Worcester House District in Central Massachusetts.

He became the 25th Republican of the 160-member chamber. That’s 15.6 percent of the members. The House has 133 Democrats. That’s 83 percent of the members. The House also has one unenrolled member (who belongs to neither party) and one vacancy.

Marsi took the oath of office Wednesday, March 27.

“As our fantastic lieutenant governor says, a town official, local official, right? That’s sometimes good and helpful for policy-making, isn’t it?” Governor Maura Healey said after administering the oath to Marsi in her suite in the Massachusetts State House, according to State House News Service.

“Yeah, 12 years learning how it works, listening to people,” Marsi replied, according to State House News Service.  “Two ears, one mouth, and doing the work of the people.”

Healey was referring to Kim Driscoll, who served as mayor of Salem before being elected lieutenant governor on the Healey-Driscoll ticket.

The Sixth Worcester House District includes a small portion of the town of Spencer (Precinct 1), a larger portion of the town of Charlton (Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4A), the town of Dudley, and the town of Southbridge. It’s in south central Massachusetts and includes a portion of the state’s border with Connecticut.


John Marsi, the latest Republican to join the Massachusetts House of Representatives, shakes hands with Governor Maura Healey, who administered the oath of office to Marsi (R-Dudley) on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in the governor’s suite at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts. The state’s lieutenant governor, Kim Driscoll, is at right. State House News Service photo by Sam Doran.


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