Bruce Tarr

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Bruce Tarr
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Massachusetts State Senate, First Essex and Middlesex
Incumbent
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate
2011 - present
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1991 - 1994
Education
Bachelor'sSuffolk University, 1987
J.D.Suffolk University School of Law, 1990
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 2, 1964
Place of birthGloucester, Massachusetts
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Bruce E. Tarr (b. January 2, 1964) is a Republican member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the First Essex and Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. As of the 2013 session, Tarr is the Minority Leader; he served as the Assistant Minority Leader from 2007 to 2012.

Tarr served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994. He has served on the board of directors for the Essex County Republican Committee and the Gloucester Republican City Committee. Tarr has also served on two non-legislative committees: the Cape Ann Economical Growth Task Force and the Task Force for the Preservation of Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Biography

Tarr earned his bachelor's degree in Management from Suffolk University in 1987. Three years later, Tarr earned his Juris Doctor at the Suffolk University School of Law. Hiss professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tarr served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bills in the Third Reading
Steering and Policy
Election Laws Joint
Health Care Financing Joint
Housing Joint
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tarr served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tarr served on these committees:

Issues

Attendance

In August 2012, a list was released by the Beacon Hill Roll Call stating that through 179 votes in 2012, Tarr was one of 13 members that had perfect attendance.

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Bruce Tarr is unopposed in the Republican primary.

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Tarr won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate First Essex and Middlesex District. Tarr was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Tarr won re-election to the First Essex and Middlesex District seat in 2010. He had no opposition. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Barring unforeseen circumstances, he is guaranteed election on November 2.

Massachusetts State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Tarr (R) 58,565
All Others 411
Blanks 16,585

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tarr was re-elected in the Senate election for the First Essex and Middlesex district.[4] In this election he raised $87,568; of that total $83,938 (95.9%) was from in state contributions and $3,610 (4.1%) was from out of state contributions.[5]

Massachusetts State Senate - First Essex and Middlesex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bruce Tarr (R) 73,532
All Others 559
Blanks 23,093

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Tarr received $59,403 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Tarr's campaign in 2010
Scognamiglio, Michael$1,000
Eisenberg, Robert$1,000
Abuzahara, Said$1,000
Paglia, Attilio$850
Lee, George E$750
Total Raised in 2010 $59,403

2008

In 2008 Bruce Tarr collected $87,568 in donations.[7]


Four of his largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Attillio Paglia $1,000
Leon Asadoorian $500
John Walsh $500
Chuck Lietz $500

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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2013

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2011-2012

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Personal

Bruce Tarr was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He has been involved in a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 406, the Elder Citizens Caucus, the Essex Club, Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging, Gloucester Bar Association, Gloucester Human Services Council, Gloucester United, Hellenic Bar Association, Hubbard Youth Bowling Program, Massachusetts Bar Association, Medigap Working Group, Rockport Comprehensive Community Health Center, Rowley Grange Sons of the American Legion, and the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Massachusetts State Senate First Essex and Middlesex
1995–present
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