Massachusetts House of Representatives

About Massachusetts House of Representatives

The longest continuously operating democratic body in the world.

The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government, is to secure the existence of the body politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquility their natural rights, and the blessings of life: and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, prosperity and happiness.

The body politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: it is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. It is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.

We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



May 2019 - August 2019 Boston, MA
“I enjoyed learning about the interworking of state government. This included not only the administrative aspects of the MA House of Representatives, but also what the daily office environment was like. I especially enjoyed meeting several high profile government officials, like Governor Charlie Baker and former Governor Michael Dukakis.”

House of Representatives Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Boston, MA
“I was treated as a professional and was entrusted with engaging work. I felt like I was doing meaningful work and talking to people who cared about what they were doing. This made me understand the importance of a job in government.”
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