Marc R. Pacheco 186th (2009 - 2010) President Pro Tempore

D Taunton
Marc R. Pacheco


State House
Room 312B
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1551
Fax: 617-722-1074
District Office
8 Trescott St., Suite 1
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: (508) 822-3000
Fax: (508) 880-6084
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.51 SD274 For legislation relative to the reporting of child abuse to local law enforcement officials
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
S.124 SD1785 For legislation to create a civil legal action to be enforced by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth
H.239 HD1054 Relative to consumer gift cards
H.253 HD452 For legislation to include motor homes in the lemon law, so-called, protecting consumers from defective vehicles
S.273 SD1006 For legislation to improve science education in the Commonwealth
S.278 SD1968 For legislation to fulfill the promise of education reform adequate funding for student success
S.306 SD348 For legislation that provisions be made to create a special commission on insitutional long term care services
H.313 HD448 For legislation to further regulate advertising on the Internet
S.315 SD1439 For legislation restoring the Medicare Part D safety net prescription drug coverage for seniors and the disabled
S.389 SD1706 For legislation to create environmental justice
S.395 SD293 For legislation to prohibit the use of plastic bags in certain stores
S.404 SD1846 For legislation relative to the reduction of particulate emissions from diesel engines
S.432 SD1035 For legislation to protect children from toxic toys
S.442 SD1912 For legislation for a healthy Massachusetts: safer alternatives to toxic chemicals
S.451 SD1384 For legislation to ensure access to lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings
S.461 SD1782 For legislation relative to an appeal process of insurance premium surcharges under managed competition
S.487 SD158 For legislation banning the use of certain socio-economic factors for insurance underwriting and rating of motor vehicle liability insurance
S.502 SD1934 For legislation relative to increasing access to homeowners insurance
H.506 HD3220 For legislation to establish a charter school working group to study the costs and benefits of charter schools
S.522 SD130 For legislation to reduce automobile insurance costs and premiums in the Commonwealth.
H.537 HD620 Relative to dementia special care units in long term care facilities
S.549 SD1463 For legislation relative to health care affordability
S.636 SD1942 For legislation to adopt inclusionary zoning in the Commonwealth
S.677 SD594 For legislation to clarify the meal break law to allow for private enforcement.
S.678 SD1605 For legislation to establish uniform wage compliance and recordkeeping
S.679 SD285 For leislation to ensure a quality workforce in the commonwealth
S.680 SD1561 For legislation establishing a temporary workers right to know.
S.682 SD1611 For legislation to protect honest employees
S.683 SD1658 For legislation relative to chapter 23 of the General Laws
S.684 SD1721 For legislation relative to contract compliance with homeland security
S.688 SD624 For legislation establishing paid sick days
S.695 SD23 For legislation relative to workers compensation for veterans
S.717 SD1117 For legislation to expidite appeals of wage violations
S.722 SD37 For legislation relative to displaced workers
H.728 HD3271 For legislation to require that certain taxicabs be hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles
S.765 SD1552 For legislation relative to land use.
S.767 SD1943 For legislation to allow impact fees
H.798 HD2223 For legislation to prohibit the use plastic bags by retail establishments
S.810 SD1563 For legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the Commonwealth.
H.831 HD1958 For legislation to further regulate the sale and disposal of mercury added thermostats
H.833 HD3211 Relative to producer responsibility for discarded electronic products
S.872 SD1261 For legislation to prohibit mandatory overtime for the heakth care workforce
S.873 SD1267 For legislation to strengthen health reform
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
H.898 HD2951 That health insurance providers be required to include coverage for diagnostic screening for prostate cancer
S.980 SD617 For legislation realtive to port security
H.1018 HD3582 Relative to coverage for insurance losses by windstorm and hail through the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association
S.1048 SD1398 For legislation to accomodate personal care attendants without a workplace site
H.1102 HD2095 For legislation to establish a division of health insurance under the supervision and control of the Commissioner of Health Insurance
S.1270 SD1595 For legislation to establish the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Research Fund
S.1304 SD611 For legislation to exempt certain annuities from taxation
S.1331 SD1932 For legislation to establish the local aidstabilization fund
S.1334 SD312 For legislation to allow single family homeowners to deduct their municipal water, sewer and trash fees from their state income tax
S.1410 SD1924 For legislation relative to transparency in state revenues and expenditures
S.1420 SD1753 For legislation relative to privatization contracts
S.1466 SD43 For legislation to amend mgl chapter 29 relative to state officers
S.1480 SD1495 For legislation to improve recycling rates in the commonwealth
H.1499 HD1553 For legislation to include animals in abuse prevention orders
H.1510 HD3480 For legislation to establish a moratorium on foreclosures of certain property and providing for judicial review of all such mortgage foreclosures in the Commonwealth
S.1517 SD830 For legislation relative to wireless telephone service
S.1524 SD556 For legislation to expand energy efficiency in the Commonwealth.
S.1527 SD1511 For legislation relative to the establishment of municipal lighting authorities.
S.1528 SD1602 For legislation relative to expanding the advanced smart metering program
S.1529 SD2038 For legislation relative to reliability on Cape Cod
S.1537 SD1122 For legislation relative to the safety and protection of utility work and construction sites
S.1546 SD1299 For legislation relative to energy efficiency in affordable housing
S.1548 SD160 For legislation to further protect victims from sexually dangerous persons
S.1609 SD1409 For legislation to require just cause for eviction and foreclosed properties
S.1613 SD1649 For legislation to require judicial foreclosure
S.1615 SD449 For legislation relate to liability of health professionals in emergency response
S.1693 SD1627 For legislation to further regulate sex offender registration
H.1729 HD3209 For legislation to require judicial review of foreclosures on residential mortgages
H.1745 HD3877 For legislation to further regulate the performance of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
S.1748 SD737 For legislation to amend the dangerousness statute
H.1797 HD878 For legislation to establish a "right to know" policy for certain temporary employees
H.1804 HD1852 For legislation to promote fairness in private construction contracts
S.1815 SD774 For legislation to reduce teen smoking
S.1820 SD1897 For legislation to increase the penalties for corporate manslaughter
S.1957 SD1833 For legislation relative to regional transit authorities
S.2017 SD221 For legislation relative to standards for protective headgear for operators or passengers on motorcycles
H.2024 HD353 Relative to protecting patients from breakthrough seizures
S.2038 SD702 For legislation to control gaming in Massachusetts
H.2141 HD3158 Relative to providing for sharps collection centers for hypodermic needles and lancets on the premises of licensed pharmacies and drug stores
H.2152 HD2114 Relative to the despensing of controlled substances
H.2175 HD1130 That long-term care facilities be directed to notify the Department of Public Health of voluntary closures of such facilities
H.2218 HD558 Relative to community leadership, neighborhood-revitalization and urban-violence protection
H.2396 HD1847 Authorizing the State Retirement Board to pay a certain retirement benefit to Virginia Wise the surviving spouse of Raymond Wise an officer of the Bridgewater State College police department
S.2479 SD2349 For legislation relative to the definition of the word attempt on criminal cases
H.2610 HD2893 Relative to personal care attendants without workplace sites under the collective bargaining law for public employees
H.2614 HD1313 Relative to the providing certain credit for retirement purposes and reinstating in the retirement system John J. Sbrega
H.2726 HD2068 For legislation to establish a green building income and excise tax credit for the use of certain environmental practices
H.2739 HD1843 Relative to raising the tax exemption for the Bridgewater Veteran's Club
H.3056 HD3510 For legislation to require that utility companies report certain charges assessed to consumers to fund local energy conservation and environmental programs
H.3179 HD3922 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles establish a "green" registration fee for certain alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles and to create a rail transit fund
H.3365 HD2176 Relative to safe transportation infrastructure
H.3421 HD1282 For legislation to improve the personal care attendant program
H.3596 HD1558 Relative to the monitoring of radiation levels from nuclear power plants by the Department of Public Health
H.3652 HD2738 Relative to exempting certain school stadiums from plumbing regulations
H.3653 HD2743 Relative to environmental performance standards for plumbing fixtures
H.3696 HD2672 Relative to establishing a youth workforce system in the Commonwealth
H.3762 HD2747 Relative to energy efficient lighting, energy conservation and light pollution reduction
H.3785 HD2989 Relative to the transportation of individuals seated in wheelchairs
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3912 HD900 Relative to the establishment of a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4068 HD3954 Relative to establishing and regulating resort-style casinos, gaming and entertainment in the Commonwealth
H.4220 HD4542 (by vote of the town) relative to property taxes in the town of Carver
H.4232 HD4546 Relative to establishing licensing requirements and protections for certain cottage communities
H.4273 HD4596 Relative to establishing a sick leave bank for Lou Polson and Eric Polson, employees of the Department of Correction
H.4413 HD4787 For legislation to provide a town charter for the town of Bridgewater
H.4485 HD1849 (requiring the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to establish a development revolving fund in the town of Raynham
H.4699 HD4948 Relative to the classification of and response to natural gas leaks
H.4700 HD5007 For legislation authorizing Bristol county to borrow money for the repair of Bristol County Agricultural High school

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

Profession: Legislator
Spouse: Barbara

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)
First Plymouth and Bristol -- Consisting of the towns of Bridgewater, Carver, Marion, Middleborough and Wareham in the county of Plymouth; and the towns of Berkley, Dighton and Raynham, and the city of Taunton, all in the county of Bristol.