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  • Senator Richard J. Ross

    Senator Richard J. Ross

Senator Ross in the News

Senator Ross in the News

Read about Senator Ross in the news and view press releases on legislation, upcoming events and community updates.
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Inside the State House

Inside the State House

Read about legislation that Senator Ross has sponsored and view upcoming events taking place at the State House.
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Senator Ross on the Go

Senator Ross on the Go

View photos of Senator Ross at the State House and at events throughout the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.
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Voteross.org

Voteross.org

Looking for Senator Richard Ross’ campaign website? Click the link below to visit and learn more about Senator Ross on the campaign trail.
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Senator Ross Announces Spring 2018 Internship Opportunities

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) would like to announce that internships in his State House office are currently available for college students for the spring 2018 semester. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

 

“State House legislative interns are given a unique opportunity to learn about the lawmaking process and the workings of state government. Ideal candidates are motivated individuals who are eager to learn and grow professionally,” said Senator Ross.

 

Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents and press materials, gathering news clips, legislative research and general administrative tasks. Internships are unpaid, but present a chance to learn about state government firsthand. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.

 

It is important to note that preference will be given to candidates from Senator Ross’ district, which includes Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

 

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or email Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

 

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Senator Ross has Perfect Voting Record in 2017 – Marking Six Years of Perfect Attendance

Boston – Senator Richard Ross was recently recognized by Beacon Hill Roll Call for his 100% voting attendance record in the Massachusetts Senate in 2017. This marks the sixth year in a row Senator Ross has received a perfect attendance record.

 

“It is my honor and privilege to represent the people of the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District on Beacon Hill and by doing so that means casting votes on their behalf,” said Senator Ross. “In 2018 the Senate will continue to tackle many issues my constituents care about and I can assure them that I will be there for each and every vote and ensure their voices are heard loud and clear.”

 

In 2017 the Senate held 313 roll call votes on legislation pertaining to the FY18 budget, opioid epidemic, public safety, elderly affairs, veterans, among others.

 

“Roll call votes are one of the primary and crucial ways that Senators protect and represent the interests of their constituents, and often they involve critical issues where every vote makes a difference. Senator Ross undoubtedly understands that, and his 100% voting record reflects his commitment not only to those he represents, but also to the prosperity and future of our state,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester).  “Senator Ross is prepared to capture every opportunity when an issue and a vote arise, by understanding the complexity and impact of each one.  I truly appreciate his substantial contributions to the Senate, and the significant achievements his perfect voting record represents.”

 

Throughout December the Senate is continuing to hold informal sessions to advance bills that do not require debate or roll call votes. The Senate will return to formal sessions in January of 2018.

 

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Access & Affordability to Cancer Clinical Trials

Accessibility to cancer clinical trials is an issue I have been working on for some time. They are a vital aspect in the fight against cancer, though many sufferers are unable to utilize them. Currently, only 4% of cancer patients enroll in trials in the US and less than 10% of those patients are minorities. This creates a real disparity in care and limits the reach of the trial. Frequently, high costs for the patients keep them from participating in trials or continuing with them. Such costs may include transportation, lodging, or child care, among others. S.2159 would clarify a protocol within the Department of Public Health confirming the FDA’s statement that reimbursement of ancillary costs is not considered inducement. Here in the Commonwealth, we are fortunate enough to have the best hospitals, many of them running innovative and cutting edge clinical trials. This legislation would expand access to these trials, making them available to more patients in need of life-saving treatments.

Read more about my fight for cancer patients here and watch WVCB’s report here.