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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dean of the Senate Marc R. Pacheco Democrat - Third Bristol and Plymouth

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Dean of the Senate

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Boston, MA, 02133
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President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988 and to the Massachusetts Senate in 1992 by the citizens of the 1st Plymouth and Bristol District.

Senator Pacheco is founding Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and serves as Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration. He is former Chair of the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and numerous other committees throughout his service in the State Legislature.

Throughout his career, Senator Pacheco has supported initiatives to spur job creation and economic growth, to preserve the environment and support the new “green” economy, to ensure the protection of rights for veterans, women and senior citizens, increase civic engagement, and foster the creation of global economic partnerships. Senator Pacheco was honored to be selected by Al Gore in 2007 to become a Climate Messenger to increase awareness around climate change and to encourage action to prevent its worst effects. He has prioritized these key issues of today to build a better future for the Commonwealth.

For more than 30 years, Senator Pacheco has worked to strengthen the Commonwealth’s ties with foreign leaders and to create economic partnerships to benefit the citizens of our state. For his leadership in economic development and his commitment to global partnerships, Senator Pacheco has received national and international recognition. In 1994, Senator Pacheco was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Massachusetts District Export Council, which he chaired from 1996 through 2005. He remains a member of the Massachusetts District Export Council after appointments by the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations. In 2002, Senator Pacheco was appointed by the United States Federal Housing Finance Board to serve as an appointive director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Today, Senator Pacheco currently is the highest ranking elected official of Portuguese descent in Massachusetts and serves as Senate Chair of the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus. He also founded the Legislative Caucus on International Trade and Global Competitiveness, which he serves as Senate Chair.

Foreign governments have honored Senator Pacheco for his work to develop and strengthen ties that unite countries across the globe. Senator Pacheco was honored in 2005 by the region of Pskov, Russia with the medal of Saint Olga for his humanitarian efforts. In 2000, Senator Pacheco received the honor of “Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator,” the highest award bestowed upon a civilian by the Portuguese government. His work with Portuguese-Americans in support of the nation of East Timor’s fight for independence has been praised by Nobel Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor, who called Senator Pacheco a “Schindler of East Timor.” For his work on green legislation such as the Global Warming Solutions Act, he received the Sustainable Future Award from the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria.

Throughout his career, Senator Pacheco has worked to increase civic engagement and to protect the constitutional rights of each and every citizen. For his commitment to these ideals, in 1995 Senator Pacheco was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton, and was confirmed by the United States Senate, to serve a six-year term on the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation’s board of trustees. In 1997, Senator Pacheco played a public policy leadership role when he was appointed by the National Democratic Leadership Council to serve as a member of their State Legislative Advisory Board.

During his tenure in the Massachusetts legislature, Senator Pacheco has prioritized and developed strategies to enhance the state economy and the southeast region. For his work, in 1998, Senator Pacheco received a gubernatorial appointment to the government affairs committee of the Task Force on Growth and Change in Southeastern Massachusetts. He was then appointed co-chair of the task force which was later named Vision 2020, a regional growth management project being undertaken by three regional planning agencies. Senator Pacheco is the founder and co-chair of the Southeastern Massachusetts Legislative Caucus, a bi-partisan group of legislators and community leaders that share the common goal of fostering economic development throughout the region. He also founded the Senator’s Business and Economic Advisory Council, in which leaders in the economic development, business and academic sectors participate in meetings set by the Senator to advise him on key policy issues impacting the Southeast region.

Senator Pacheco has been honored to serve on the National Conference of State Legislature’s Task Force on Energy Supply and was chosen to Co-Chair the Council of State Government’s Eastern Regional Conference’s Energy and Environment Committee, which serves officials in 11 Northeast states, as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Québec. As Co-Chair, in March 2014, Senator Pacheco was honored to host state officials from around the country in Boston at a CSG/ERC conference on severe weather resiliency. Then, in August 2014, Senator Pacheco moderated a panel as part of the CSG/ERC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., with Susan Ruffo, Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality, on “Forging Resilience to Severe Weather,” which provided a forum elaborating on the topics that were discussed in Boston.

The Senator earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University, and an Associate's Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Stockbridge School. He has served as a guest lecturer at higher education institutions including Suffolk University, Harvard University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Senator Pacheco still resides in the city of Taunton with his wife, Barbara (Sylvia) Pacheco, just a few blocks from where he grew up.

Personal Information





Career Highlights

  • Authored The Pacheco Law: Tax payer protection act providing for full transparency and full accountability in the procurement of services.
  • Successfully raised the state minimum wage as chief sponsor of legislation providing a living wage to more than 315,000 workers in the Commonwealth in 2006.
  • Initiated, authored and secured passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act.

Education & Public Service

  • Suffolk University Boston, MA,Master of Public Administration, 1989, Honors: Pi Alpha Alpha
  • New Hampshire College Manchester, NH, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, 1985
  • University OF MA, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Amherst, MA, Associate of Science in Agronomy, 1973
  • Massachusetts State Senate (1993-Present); Appointive Director, Federal Home Loan of Boston (2002-2003)
  • Presidential Appointment as a Trustee of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation (1995-2000); Massachusetts House of Representatives (1989-92)
  • Taunton Democratic City Committee; Democratic State Committee (1993-present); Chief Assistant to the Mayor of Taunton (1982-88
  • Taunton School Committee (1980-89, Chair 1987-88)