Richard Ross (Massachusetts)

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Richard Ross
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Massachusetts State Senate, Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Incumbent
In office
2010 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Whip, Massachusetts Senate
2010 - present
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
2005 - 2010
Wrentham Board of Selectmen
1999 - 2003
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Richard J. Ross is a Republican member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Senate district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010 and has served as Assistant Minority Whip since 2010. Ross won a special election in May 2010 to fill the seat made vacant by the election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate.[1] Prior to being elected to the Senate, he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Ross served on the Public School Building Committee from 2000 to 2003, and the Wrentham Board of Selectmen from 1999 to 2003.

Biography

Ross' professional experience includes working as the Director of the Community at Pond Meadow, Pond Home, and Wrentham Cooperative Bank; and Burial Agent for the Board of Health from 1981 to 2004.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Ethics and Rules
Ways and Means
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint
Education Joint
Higher Education Joint
Judiciary Joint
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint
Municipalities and Regional Government Joint
Public Safety and Homeland Security Joint
Rules Joint
Ways and Means Joint

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

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. Dylan Hayre and Sara Lynn Reynolds is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Richard Ross is unopposed in the Republican primary.

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Ross won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. Ross was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Ross won re-election to the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District seat in 2010. He had no opposition. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Ross (R) 48,824
All Others 664
Blanks 20,995

2010 special election

On May 11, 2010, Ross won a special election to represent the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Senate District in the Massachusetts State Senate, defeating Democratic candidate Peter B. Smulowitz.[5]

Massachusetts State Senate - Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Ross (R) 15,902
Peter B. Smulowitz (D) 9,823

2008

On November 4, 2008, Ross won re-election in the Ninth Norfolk district of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[6] In this election he raised $60,150-; of that total $51,900 (86.3%) was from in state contributions and $8,250 (13.7%) was from out of state contributions.[7]

Massachusetts State House - Ninth Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Ross (R) 12,688
Thomas Roache 7,974
All Others 31
Blanks 1,444

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Ross received $72,245 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Ross (Massachusetts)'s campaign in 2010
Citizens For Limited Taxation$1,000
Kelleher, Mark D$1,000
Lorusso, Gerard$1,000
Mckenzie-Hebert, Mindy J$1,000
Fee, Elizabeth$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $72,245

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2013-2014

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2013

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2011-2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Brown
Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
May 2010 - present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Ninth Norfolk
2005-May 2010
Succeeded by
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