State Senator Bruce Tarr, a Republican from Gloucester, represents the First Essex and Middlesex District, consisting of the City of Gloucester and the towns of Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover (Precincts 2, 3, 5 and 7), North Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Wenham, West Newbury, and Wilmington. In 2007, he was appointed as the Assistant Minority Leader, and currently is a member of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules, and the Joint Committees On Children and Families and Persons with Disabilities, Economic Development and Emerging Technology, Environment , Natural Resources and Agriculture, Health Care Financing, Judiciary, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and Veterans and Federal Affairs.
Senator Tarr has been a member of the Massachusetts General Court since 1991, when he won election to the House of Representatives on behalf of the 5th Essex District (which included Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester). In 1994, Bruce was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, succeeding Senator Robert Buell, who had served for 16 years. In 1999, he was named the Assistant Minority Whip of the Senate, and in 2001, he was appointed to serve as the Minority Whip until 2006 when he was selected to become Assistant Senate Minority Leader.
Having graduated from Gloucester High School in 1982, the Senator earned a degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management in 1987 and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1990. In addition, he holds an honorary degree in Applied Science from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute.
Widely regarded for his knowledge and ability to draft policy, Senator Tarr was a major architect in the successful passage of the state's stem cell research law, Melanie's Law, which creates tougher drunk driving penalties for repeat offenders, and numerous bills involving alternative energy and fuels. Since Bruce first entered office he has remained an unyielding advocate for the fishing industry, and has worked tirelessly to bring about fair regulations to govern the Commonwealth's fishing fleet. He has been heralded for his ability to reach not only across the aisle but also for his ability to work with Massachusetts' Congressional delegation and federal regulators.
While he considers public policy important and has numerous achievements in this area, the one job that he regards above all else is helping the constituents of his district on a day-to-day basis. Bruce and his staff make it a top priority to help anyone who contacts the office seeking help in any way. Through the years the office has continued to deal with both simple and very complex issues, and in doing so, have generated the skill set, the contacts, and the ability to navigate state and federal government agencies and to interact with public and private organizations to achieve mutual goals.
Bruce E. Tarr, Senate Minority Leader
Massachusetts State House, Room 308
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1600
Fax: (617) 722-1310
Website:Commonwealth of Massachusetts
OFFICE HOURS ROWLEY
Rowley Town Hall Annex
39 Central Street
Every Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
OFFICE HOURS GLOUCESTER
Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis St.
Last Friday / Month 12:30 - 1:30pm
Gloucester City Hall
9 Dale Avenue
3rd floor conference room
2nd & 4th Tuesdays / Month 6pm
(1 hour prior to City Council Meetings)
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