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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: Cafe Assisi, Wrentham

October 24, 2014

Small Business Spotlight: Café Assisi, Wrentham

With the owner of Café Assisi, Derek DiBiase, and members of staff.

With the owner of Café Assisi, Derek DiBiase, and members of staff.

A hometown favorite, I was happy to highlight Café Assisi of Wrentham for my Small Business Spotlight across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District.

I have known owner Derek DiBiase for many years, and Derek and his staff take immense pride in creating an exceptional dining and Italian bistro experience for their customers. Cafe Assisi’s food comes from recipes passed down through generations and isn’t mass produced, but made with the utmost care. Assisi is a place influenced by their ancestors, “it is not just about food, it is the experience that dining creates for families and friends.”

Derek DiBiase and the hardworking staff of Café Assisi are an incredible example of truly inspiring small businesses across this district. Customers can always rely on a great meal with impeccable customer service. Their commitment to this service and fostering relationships with everyone who sits at their table is what makes them stand out.

As a small business owner and legislator, I have seen firsthand how crucial it is that these businesses have an environment and government that will work with them to grow and thrive. They need our support more than ever to get our economy and our state back where it needs to be.

For more information on Cafe Assisi, 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

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Senator Ross Appointed to Special Commission on Autism

October 23, 2014

Boston – Senator Richard Ross has been appointed, by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, to serve on a special commission created to make recommendations and monitor the implementation of policies impacting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

The commission will be charged with investigating the range of services and supports necessary for such individuals, so that they may have ready access and availability to these services across their lifespan. The commission was established in the autism assistance bill, signed into law this past August. Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial bill signing of the law at Fenway Park this afternoon.

“I have always been a strong advocate for autism awareness and research, and I’m proud to be a part of this commission, to continue the fight for those living with autism spectrum disorders and their families,” said Senator Ross.

The autism assistance bill, recently signed into law, builds off recommendations of the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism, which Senator Ross was appointed to in 2010.

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


Senator Ross Appointed to Domestic Violence Special Commission

October 22, 2014

Boston – Following his work this past session on critical domestic violence legislation, Senator Richard Ross has been appointed to serve on a special commission, by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr.

The commission will be tasked with exploring housing and shelter options for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as offering policy recommendations for the expansion of resources for victims.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious issues in Massachusetts, and this session we passed significant legislation to increase penalties for perpetrators to better protect victims,” said Senator Ross. “I’m looking forward to working on this commission to continue this important discussion and ensure that victims of assault have the resources and shelter they need.”

This past legislative session Senator Ross served on the conference committee focused on combating domestic violence and crafting a compromised bill that was later signed into law by the Governor. Additionally, Senator Ross worked on a grant program for public schools to address teen dating violence and develop a curriculum focused on promoting healthy relationships and violence prevention. This was a bipartisan effort, included in the final FY15 budget.

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