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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

Plainville Student Interns with Senator Ross

December 11, 2014

Senator Richard Ross and Kyle Bechet of Plainville in the Senate chambers.

Senator Richard Ross and Kyle Bechet, of Plainville, in the Senate chambers.

Boston – Throughout the year, Senator Richard Ross hosts interns in his State House office from across the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. For the fall semester, Senator Ross was pleased to welcome Kyle Bechet of Plainville.

Kyle Bechet has lived in Plainville for most of his life. He went through the Plainville public school system and later graduated from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham.  Kyle is also an Eagle Scout and currently attends Boston University where he is double majoring in Political Science and Economics.

“Having Kyle intern with us these past few months was an absolute privilege. He was kind, diligent, and especially hardworking. I always appreciate when outstanding students from my district are able to see the work done on Beacon Hill firsthand, and I encourage all those interested to apply as well,” said Senator Ross.

Senator Ross is currently seeking interns in his State House office for the spring semester. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to

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



Republican Senators Call For Jonathan Gruber’s Dismissal From Massachusetts Health Connector Board

Shira Schoenberg
December 1, 2014

The Republican caucus in the state Senate is calling for the Massachusetts Health Connector to remove MIT professor Jonathan Gruber from its board.

Gruber, an architect of the national Affordable Care Act under President Barack Obama and of the Massachusetts health care reform under Gov. Mitt Romney, has come under fire for comments he made saying that the lack of transparency in the national health care reform law “is a huge political advantage” and attributing its passage to “the stupidity of the American voter.”

Gruber later apologized for his choice of words.

Republican state Sens. Bruce Tarr of Gloucester, Robert Hedlund of Weymouth, Richard Ross of Wrentham, and Donald Humason of Westfield wrote to Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, asking him to remove Gruber from the board and sever any relationship between Gruber and the state.

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GOP Calls For Gruber’s Ouster From Health Connector Board

Felice J. Freyer
December 2, 2014

Massachusetts Senate Republicans are calling on Governor Deval Patrick to remove MIT economist Jonathan Gruber from the board overseeing the Massachusetts Health Connector.

In a letter sent Monday, the Senate Republican Caucus said Gruber’s comments about “the stupidity of the American voter’’ and the advantages of a “lack of transparency” work against the public’s trust in government.

The comments, made at an academic conference last year, “call into question his ability to act impartially and in a manner that upholds the integrity of the Health Connector Board,” the letter stated. “Professor Gruber’s advocacy for an ideology founded in deceit should have no place in our government.

The 10-member board oversees the state agency through which people can buy health insurance if they do not obtain it from an employer.

Gruber was an architect of the 2006 law that created the Connector to reduce the number of people without health insurance in Massachusetts (now down to 3 percent).

The Massachusetts law was the model for the federal Affordable Care Act.

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