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Richard T. Moore
Richard T. Moore.jpg
Massachusetts State Senate, Worcester and Norfolk
In office
1996 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 19
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1977 - 1994
Selectman, Town of Hopedale
1970 - 1978
Bachelor'sClark University, 1966
Master'sColgate University, 1967
Date of birthAugust 7, 1943
Place of birthMilford, Massachusetts
ProfessionHigher Education Administrator, Legislator
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Richard T. Moore (b. August 7, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Worcester and Norfolk district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Moore served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1977 to 1994. He was also a Hopedale selectman from 1970 to 1978, and an Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 1996.


Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Clark University in 1966, and master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Colgate University in 1967. He also holds two honorary degrees: a doctor of science degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2006), and a doctor of humane letters degree from the New England College of Optometry (2009).[1] His professional experience includes working as an adjunct assistant professor at Bridgewater State College, assistant to the president of Bentley College from 1969 to 1976, and associate dean of students at Assumption College from 1967 to 1969.

Moore has served as President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a post he was elected to by over 7,000 of the nation's state legislators. He also served as co-chair of the NCSL’s Health Information Technology Champions (HITCh) Project and is an active member of the National Governor’s Association State e-Health Initiative – both aimed at encouraging the broader use of health information technology across the nation. Moore is the Senate Representative and Chairman of the Blackstone River and Canal Commission and is a member of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission.[1]

Additionally, Moore served on the Quinsigamond Community College Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1076, including a term as board chairman, and for nearly twelve years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Nichols College.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bills in the Third Reading
Ethics and Rules, Vice-chair
Rules Joint, Vice-chair


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


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



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



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Richard Moore was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Ryan Fattman was unopposed in the Republican primary. Moore was defeated by Fattman in the general election.[2]

Massachusetts State Senate First Worcester & Norfolk District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Fattman 54.3% 29,774
     Democratic Richard Moore Incumbent 43.2% 23,662
     None Blank Votes 2.4% 1,341
     None All Others 0.1% 37
Total Votes 54,814


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

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


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Moore won re-election to the Worcester and Norfolk District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He faced Kim Roy (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Richard T. Moore discusses education policy reform in a video released in September 2013.
Massachusetts State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Moore (D) 31,602
Kim Roy (R) 27,415
All Others 47
Blanks 2,656


On November 4, 2008, Moore won re-election for the Senate election for the Worcester and Norfolk district.[5] In this election he raised $204,695; of that total $183,945 (89.9%) was from in state contributions and $20,750 (10.1%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate - Worcester and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Moore (D) 61,701
All Others 620
Blanks 20,715

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Moore received $207,323 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Moore (Massachusetts)'s campaign in 2010
Moore, Richard T$41,433
Fels, Gerald$1,000
Massachusetts Hospital Association$1,000
Retired Public Employees$1,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $207,323


In 2008 Richard T. Moore collected $204,695 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Richard Moore $12,119
Massachusetts Food Industry $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Massachusetts Dental Society $1,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts $1,000


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Moore and his wife of 30 years, Joanne Moore (née Bednarz), reside in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

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Preceded by
Louis Bertonazzi
Massachusetts State Senate Worcester and Norfolk
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