Marc R. Pacheco 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
HD48 Relative to creating a difficult to manage unit within the Department of Mental Health
SD128 For legislation relative to just cause terminations.
SD156 For legislation to econmically stabilize displaced service workers.
SD162 For legislation relative to the practice of athletic training
SD269 For legislation to provide access to full spectrum addiction treatment services
SD315 For legislation relative to employees social media privacy protection.
SD317 For legislation to promote the planning and development of sustainable communities
SD336 For legislation relative to GIC dental and vision benefits for municipal employees.
SD342 For legislation to regulate the use of automatic license plate reader systems.
SD343 For legislation relative to the penalty for failure to provide workers' compensation insurance.
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
SD422 For legislation relative to liability protection for disaster volunteers
HD496 For legislation to provide for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
HD497 Relative to the care of animals in cities and towns
HD584 For legislation to creates incentives to help promote the adoption of electric vehicles
HD593 Relative to the reporting on health effects of particulate matter
SD625 For legislation relative to public investment in fossil fuels.
SD633 For legislation relative to home energy efficiency.
SD646 For legislation to market prioritized development sites
SD648 For legislation relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
SD673 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD678 Relative to the maximum number of patients assigned to a registered nurses or hospital care attendants
SD715 For legislation to increase the cost of living adjustment (cola) base
SD729 For legislation relative to affordable housing energy efficiency
HD735 For legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles
HD736 Relative to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition protection of employees and job applicants
SD738 For legislation to require health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence
SD743 For legislation relative to language opportunity for our kids.
SD765 For legislation relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
SD824 For legislation relative to the pooling of tips.
SD841 For legislation to require automated external defibrillators in schools.
HD846 Relative to establishing a board of registration in naturopathy and further regulating naturopathic health care
SD898 For legislation relative to Option (d) beneficiaries
SD902 For legislation to protect abandoned animals in vacant properties.
HD972 That the Department of Public Health implement a food labeling program for commercially caught, landed and sold saltwater fish
SD974 For legislation to protect animals during pet sales.
SD982 Relative to the use of certain insurance underwriting guidelines for homeowners with dogs living on such insured property
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
SD1008 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
SD1017 For legislation to transfer funding for recovery high school summer programming
SD1028 For legislation to protect the Commonwealth's residents from identity theft
SD1040 For legislation relative to debarment in public contracts.
SD1042 For legislation to enhance the management of problem wildlife.
SD1074 Relative to bow and arrow hunting season
SD1077 For legislation to establish a snowmobile educational safety program
SD1082 For legislation relative to reviving and continuing the special commission established (under Chapter 498 of the Acts of 2008) to make an investigation and study of the water quality of the Charles River
HD1095 Relative to the administration of controlled substances
HD1112 That certain health facilities be directed to establish a "safe patient handling policy", so-called
HD1129 Relative to turnaround plans for underperforming schools
SD1161 For legislation to promote electric vehicle adoption
SD1169 For legislation relative to risk management and own risk and solvency assessment
HD1184 For legislation to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp
HD1208 Relative to health care worker safety
HD1209 Relative to liability protection for disaster volunteers
SD1237 For legislation relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining.
SD1266 For legislation to direct the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to assess the current status of the commonwealth’s transportation system.
SD1271 For legislation to fuel job creation through energy efficiency
SD1273 For legislation to protect temporary workers’ unemployment benefits
SD1308 For legislation relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s
HD1318 Relative to creating a pilot program to transfer high acuity behavioral health and dual diagnosis patients away from overcrowded emergency departments
HD1323 Relative to confining animals in a motor vehicle
HD1325 For legislation to compute and track the individual and collective lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of all fuels
SD1365 For legislation to uphold bidding integrity in the Commonwealth
HD1367 For legislation to require owners of rented or foreclosed properties to check for abandoned animals
SD1392 For legislation relative to state contracting
SD1416 For legislation relative to a microgrid pilot program
SD1441 For legislation to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities.
SD1522 For legislation to provide for safe patient handling
SD1727 For legislation to create construction relevance in the economic development incentive program.
SD1735 For legislation to protect health and safety of animals in vehicles.
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
SD1804 For legislation to promote zero net-energy buildings in the Commonwealth
HD1814 Relative to manufactured housing communities
HD1833 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1967 Relative to increasing the base for the calculation of cost-of-living increases for retired public employees
HD2050 Relative to net metering by utility companies
HD2067 For legislation to establish performance standards for the reduction of municipal solid waste
HD2081 Relative to baseline concussion testing for student athletes
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2128 Relative to the implementation of full-day kindergarten
HD2163 Relative to the creation and maintenance of a searchable public online database of sites available for development in cities and towns
HD2174 For legislation to further regulate the registration of podiatrists
HD2207 Relative to social media password privacy for school students
HD2211 For legislation to provide the highest quality education through access of innovative and research-based language education instructional programs
HD2278 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts rail transit fund
HD2345 Relative to temporary workers’ unemployment benefits
HD2375 For legislation to bans plastic beads used in facial scrubs, shampoos and toothpastes
HD2470 For legislation to promote accessibility and affordability of behavioral health and substance abuse services for recipients of MassHealth
HD2474 Relative to public employees' workers compensation benefits
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2483 That hospitals provide certain patients in inpatient or observation status oral and written notice of such placement
HD2586 For legislation to regulate the use of credit reports by employers and prospective employers
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2617 For legislation to require seatbelts in school buses
HD2741 For legislation to provide emergency aid to certain elderly and disabled residents
HD2752 For legislation to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products
HD2782 Relative to further regulating health care costs and the dispensing of controlled substances
HD2850 For legislation relative to the practice of athletic training
HD2975 Relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
HD3098 That the the Department of Transportation assess the current status of the transportation system of the Commonwealth
HD3162 For legislation to establish universal early education and full-day kindergarten in the Commonwealth
HD3401 Relative to mandated reporting of elder abuse

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)
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