After hitting high, ranks of women in Senate quickly shrinking Lowell Sun

BOSTON — Eight months after the number of women in the Massachusetts Senate tied an all-time high-water mark, their ranks are now on track to reach a low last recorded nearly two decades ago.

As the Senate has elected its second-ever female president amid leadership turmoil and coalesced behind a lawmaker who’s on track to become the third, three women have made plans to leave the chamber for other jobs and two others have announced they won’t seek reelection.

Arlington Sen. Cindy Friedman’s swearing-in in July 2017 brought the number of women in the 40-seat Senate up to 13, all Democrats.

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