MILFORD, Mass. – State Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) is climbing the senior leadership ladder at the Statehouse.
On Thursday, Senate President Therese Murray appointed Moore as president pro tempore, and state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg as Senate majority leader, filling the top two positions behind the Senate president.
Moore, who co-chaired the Health Care Financing Committee last session, takes Rosenberg’s position. Murray said Moore did “yeoman’s work” on health care reform, and deserved the promotion.
“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,” Moore said. “At the same time, I am energized by this new leadership role which allows me to become involved in a wide range of policy issues and deliver results that matter for the people of Massachusetts.”
Moore has been the Senate’s point person on health care matters for several years and was a principal author of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law in 2006, which provides near universal access to health care. He also was the primary author of a 2008 law to improve quality of care, a 2010 law providing health reforms for small business and the most recent reform of health care payments and cost containment.
In his new role, Moore will assist Murray in her duties and regularly will preside during Senate sessions in her absence. He also will 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.
Moore is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the national association of all state legislators and legislative staff and a current member of the executive xommittee of the Council of State Governments. He lives in Uxbridge with his wife, Joanne.