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Michael Rush
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Massachusetts State Senate, Norfolk and Suffolk District
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
2002 - 2010
Bachelor'sProvidence College
Master'sProvidence College
J.D.Southern New England School of Law
Place of birthBoston, MA
ProfessionHistory teacher
Office website
Michael Rush is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Norfolk and Suffolk district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Rush served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Tenth Suffolk district from 2003 to 2011.

Rush has served as Treasurer of the Boston Legislative Delegation, House of Representatives Historian, Chair of the Parks Caucus, and a member of the Children's Legislative Caucus, Immigrants Caucus, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Caucus, Science and Technology Caucus, and Seniors Caucus.[1]


Rush earned his M.A. and B.A. from Providence College, and J.D. from the Southern New England School of Law. His professional experience includes working as a history teacher. Rush served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Joint, Vice-chair
Labor and Workforce Development Joint
Transportation Joint
Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint, Chair
Ways and Means Joint


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


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

Election history


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Rush won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk and Suffolk District. Rush was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


On November 9, 2010, Rush won election to the Massachusetts State Senate, Suffolk and Norfolk District, defeating Brad Williams (R).

Massachusetts State Senate - Suffolk and Norfolk District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Rush (D) 36,986
Brad Williams (R) 17,634
All Others 102
Blanks 5,655


On November 4, 2008, Rush won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Suffolk, unopposed.[4]

Rush raised $67,283 for his campaign.[5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Suffolk (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael F. Rush (D) 15,219
All Others 218
Blanks 5,948

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Rush raised $137,720 in contributions. [6]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Rush, Michael F $13,000
Massachusetts Democratic Party $8,307
Cawley, Patricia $1,800


Rush raised $67,283 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below. [7]

Donor Amount
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Sean P. Canty $1,000
Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12 $1,000
Boston Police Patrolmens Association $1,000
Beer Distributors PAC $800


Rush is married to his wife, Mary.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marian Walsh (D)
Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk and Suffolk
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Suffolk 10
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Malia (D)