Sen. Richard Moore Named Senate Pro-Tempore
Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, on Thursday refashioned her senior leadership team in the wake of retirements and resignations appointing Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, as President Pro Tempore, and Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as her new Senate Majority Leader, filling the top two positions behind the President in the Senate.
Moore, who co-chaired the influential Health Care Financing Committee last session as the Legislature embarked on a major health care reform effort, takes Rosenberg’s position. Senate President Murray said Sen. Moore did “yeoman’s work” on health care reform, and deserved the promotion to Senate President Pro Tempore.
Sen. Moore said: “I am humbled by this new leadership responsibility which is not only a tribute for my service to the Senate, but a tribute to the people of the towns in the Worcester and Norfolk Senate District who have supported me over the years.” He added, “At the same time, I am energized by this new leadership role which that allow me to become involved in a wide range of policy issues and deliver results that matter for the people of Massachusetts.”
The Uxbridge Democrat has been the Senate’s point person on health care matters for several years and was a principal author of the landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law in 2006 which provides near universal access to health care. He was also the primary author of a major 2008 law improving quality of care, a 2010 law providing health reforms from small business, and the most recent reform of health care payments and cost containment.
In his new role as Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Moore will assist Murray in her duties and will regularly preside during Senate sessions in her absence. He will also be assigned major legislative projects in the coming months.
Moore was also appointed Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules which controls the flow of legislation, and he continues as a member of the Committee on Bills in Third Reading which gives bills final review before coming up for near final approval by the Senate.
Sen. Moore is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the major national association of all state legislators and legislative staff, and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments. He lives in Uxbridge with his wife, Joanne.