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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my State Senate website! Here you will find legislative and local updates, important state resources, and information on the ways that my office may be able to assist you. It is a true honor to represent the residents of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate. I encourage you to keep me informed of the issues that are most important to you, and to sign up for my newsletter to receive periodic updates from my Senate office.



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Richard J. Ross

State Senator

Small Business Spotlight: Carol Wontkowski Photography, Attleboro

Small Business Spotlight: Carol Wontkowski Photography, Attleboro

June 26, 2015

With Carol Wontkowski, an Attleboro based photographer.

With Carol Wontkowski, an Attleboro based photographer.

With a fondness for the art of photography, I recently met with Carol Wontkowski, a photographer based out of Attleboro, to learn about her business and discuss when her passion for this art form began.

Upon graduating from a technical photography school, Carol Wontkowski began her career as a commercial photographer in an advertising agency. As time went on, Carol realized she enjoyed capturing photographs on a more creative level outside the studio by discovering the splendor of everyday life through the camera. She continued to pursue these interests through freelance photographic work, finally going public with her photography in 2007.

Carol’s passion for photography extends far beyond her professional career which is evident in her imagery. Her portfolio ranges from landscapes to still art and portraits which have a surreal look to the eye, bordering on abstract.

Currently, Carol is a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum, the Cambridge Art Association, Galatea Fine Art Gallery and the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative in Rhode Island. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England and many other states and she is currently represented by the Next Door Gallery in Mansfield, the Preservation Framer in North Attleboro, and Papers in Newport.

Local artists like Carol Wontkowski are inspiring and integral to adding new life to our community. Carol’s innovative work is being seen and revered from all over, and I only expect continued growth from here.

For more information on Carol Wontkowski photography and to take a look at her portfolio, please visit

If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at


Sen. Ross, Rep. Poirier, and Rep. Dooley Announce Vets Forums with Secretary Ureña

June 25, 2015

Boston – Senator Richard Ross, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, and Representative Shawn Dooley are pleased to announce that they will be hosting informational forums on Thursday, July 9th regarding veterans’ issues and services. They will be joined by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Francisco Ureña. All are welcome to attend.

Wrentham Veterans’ Forum with Secretary Ureña
Attending: Senator Richard Ross and Representative Shawn Dooley
Where: Wrentham Council on Aging, 400 Taunton Street, Wrentham
When: Thursday, July 9, 2015. 12:00pm

North Attleboro Veterans’ Forum with Secretary Ureña
Attending: Senator Richard Ross and Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Where: North Attleboro Council on Aging, 204 Elm Street, North Attleboro
When: Thursday, July 9, 2015. 1:30pm.

“We are fortunate to have Secretary Ureña joining us, and I strongly encourage all area veterans and their families to attend these beneficial forums on veterans’ issues,” said Senator Ross.

Veterans and their family members can expect helpful information on veterans’ services in their area and are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to be discussed with the Secretary.

Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of Veterans’ Services

Francisco A. Ureña was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services by Governor Charlie Baker on February 6, 2015.

Francisco’s commitment to government service began the day after graduating high school when he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps.  In the span of eight years of honorable service, his duties included Diplomatic Security with the Department of State at two American Embassies; American Embassy Damascus, Syria and American Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a Purple Heart recipient from injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign.

Francisco followed his enlistment with a degree in History and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

While pursuing his education, he involved himself in a series of volunteer work which ultimately led to his role as a Veterans’ Services Officer in the City of Lawrence and later as Commissioner of Veterans’ Services for the City of Boston. In 2008, Francisco was honored with the well-earned “Veterans’ Services Officer of the Year” – awarded by former Veterans’ Services Secretary, Thomas G. Kelley.

For more information on Secretary Ureña, please visit the official website of the Department of Veterans’ Services at

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or


Senator Ross Recognizes Dorothy “Dotty” Larsen of Wrentham as an Unsung Heroine

June 18, 2015

Senator Ross with Dotty Larsen, Unsung Heroine.

Senator Ross with Dotty Larsen, Unsung Heroine.

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross welcomed Dorothy “Dotty” Larsen of Wrentham to the State House on Wednesday, June 17th for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 12th Annual Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts ceremony. Senator Ross nominated Dotty as an Unsung Heroine in his district for her volunteer work and numerous contributions both in Wrentham and her entire community.

“I have known Dotty for most of my life and am truly honored to be able to recognize her as an Unsung Heroine,” said Senator Ross. “Dotty is the one who makes our community great, who challenges us to be better and to always give back.”

Dotty Larsen has been an avid volunteer for over 30 years, spending many hours at the Purr-fect Cat Shelter in Millis, the Wrentham Food Pantry, as well as assisting the Wrentham Cub Scout Pack 131, among others. Dotty was recognized in 2012 by the Cub Scouts for 20 years of service, and even had a scholarship established in her name.

In town, Dotty is most known for her role as Santa’s Elf during the holidays, dressing the part at the Wrentham lighting of the Town Common and the annual Senior Center and Cub Scout holiday events. She can also be found at the Town Hall, lending a helping hand to the Town Clerk and Public Health Nurses with clerical work a few days a week.

“Dotty offers so much to the town and asks for nothing in return because it is what she loves to do. She has inspired many and impacted countless lives and I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done,” said Senator Ross.

Each year, Unsung Heroines are honored by legislators and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and recognized for the important work they do to serve their communities.

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or