Thursday, December 7, 2023

Remembering Pearl Harbor, 82 Years Later

On December 7, 1941 – 82 years ago today – the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor came under attack. When it was over, 2,403 service members and civilians were dead and another 1,178 injured, leading President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare that it would forever be remembered as “a date which will live in infamy.”

What happened on that fateful Sunday morning 82 years ago is a stark reminder of the true cost of freedom. While very few Pearl Harbor survivors are still alive today, our nation remains forever grateful to all of them for their service and their sacrifices.


On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus joins with Americans everywhere to honor the memories of the many individuals who perished at Pearl Harbor more than eight decades ago. We also pray for the safety of the many active servicemen and servicewomen stationed around the world who continue to stand ready to defend our nation.

Monday, December 4, 2023

House Republican Caucus Statement on House Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2023 Closeout Budget Conference Committee Report

The attached statement was released by House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) on behalf of the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus following this morning’s House standing vote to accept the conference committee report on the FY23 final deficiency appropriations bill:


“The House Republican Caucus understands the importance of passing a final deficiency appropriations bill to address the unfunded union contract situation, provide disaster relief funding for cities and towns, and meet the fiduciary responsibilities associated with closing the books on Fiscal Year 2023. At the same time, we remain deeply concerned about the lack of meaningful reforms contained in the bill to address the emergency shelter crisis created by the recent influx of thousands of migrants, which remains an untenable situation that must be resolved. Democratic leadership put us in an impossible situation by intentionally weaving these separate issues together. There is no legitimate reason that funding for union contracts and aid for cities and towns needed to be tied to controversial immigration policy; it was done by design.

The Democrats are trying to promote a false narrative laying the blame on our caucus for holding up final action on the closeout budget for the last few days. The reality is the Democrats delayed action on this bill for nearly two months, failed to reach an agreement before formal sessions ended on November 15, and did not produce a conference committee report until November 30, exactly eleven weeks after Governor Healey first filed the bill.

There has been little regard over the past 19 days, by some, for those caught in the crosshairs of this situation. We are in deep disagreement with the flawed immigration policy and lack of meaningful reform contained in the conference committee report. We all know the funding in this bill is just the tip of the iceberg which will ultimately crowd out spending in other areas absent serious and meaningful reforms.

We are dismayed that we were denied the opportunity by Democratic leadership to do our job as legislators, the job that we were elected to do by the citizens of this Commonwealth. Our Democrat colleagues, and all citizens who exercise their right to vote, no matter their opinion on these particular issues, also should be deeply dismayed by that fact. However, we refuse to engage in political games with the livelihoods of the hardworking men and women of our great state during the holiday season when they are already burdened daily by enormous financial obstacles created by failed policies, wasteful spending, and burdensome regulation. These contracts were negotiated in good faith and agreed to many months ago, and these workers should have received their pay raises before Labor Day, without being dragged by leadership into such a highly contentious issue as immigration policy.

Whether the majority party likes it or not, this is a democracy, and a democracy works best when multiple viewpoints are afforded a voice. One-party rule stifles debate, silences voices, and moves our state further from the democracy that this country was built on. When the majority ignores the rights of the minority, democracy is lost, and that is nothing to celebrate.”

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

House Republican Caucus Statement on Fiscal Year 2023 Final Deficiency Appropriations Bill

 House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) released the following statement today on behalf of the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus regarding the pending FY23 final deficiency appropriations bill:


“It has now been two weeks since Democratic leadership in the House and Senate failed to reach agreement on the FY23 final deficiency appropriations bill, making this the longest-delayed closeout budget since at least 1995. As a result, tens of thousands of state and county employees are still waiting for their long-overdue pay raises, cities and towns can’t access critical disaster relief funding, dozens of state programs are still in deficiency, and the Commonwealth as a whole is facing potentially serious financial repercussions for leadership’s failure to pass a bill closing the books on the previous fiscal year in a timely fashion.


On November 20, the House Republican Caucus attempted to break this impasse by submitting a letter to the conferees urging them to report a bill, in part, to fully fund the more than 90 collective bargaining agreements contained in both the House and Senate versions of the supplemental spending plan. Doing so would allow the state to fulfill its commitment to funding these contracts while leaving the more contentious provisions of the budget such as emergency shelter funding for newly arrived migrants in conference to be subject to further negotiations. As of today, the caucus has not received any response from the conferees, and it appears that they have yet to meet as a group and have instead relied on private discussions between the House and Senate Ways and Means chairs to try to broker a deal. 


The House Republican Caucus remains deeply concerned and strongly opposed to the migrant provisions put forth by House and Senate Democrats, which make up a significant portion of the closeout budget at $250 million. The state’s emergency shelter system has been overwhelmed by the recent influx of thousands of individuals and families arriving in Massachusetts, while cities, towns, and school districts continue to be burdened by the increased costs associated with housing and educating these migrants. Although Governor Healey has implemented a cap on the number of migrant families entering the emergency shelter system at 7.500 and moved others to a waitlist, there is currently no plan in place to stem the flow of new arrivals and no policy reforms implemented to ensure that longtime residents in need are not denied housing assistance, which is completely unacceptable. 


If it is the intent of Democratic leadership to attempt to pass the $2.8 billion closeout budget in its entirety in an informal session, minus any meaningful policy reforms, we want to make it clear that we strongly oppose this option. The fact that the Speaker, Senate President, and Governor have been unable to reach consensus on the migrant issue shows that this is too contentious an issue to take up in an informal session. The House Republican Caucus believes this spending bill should receive a roll call vote in a full formal session, and not be passed in a sparsely attended informal session. The hard-working men and women who have been waiting months for their collectively bargained pay raises continue to show up for work, and the members of the House and Senate should be prepared to do the same and reconvene in a full formal session.” 

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Honoring All Who Served On Veterans Day

Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have answered the call to serve. The Massachusetts House Republican Caucus salutes the many men and women of our armed forces, both past and present, for their service to our Commonwealth and to our nation. We are forever grateful for their willingness to serve and to place themselves in harm’s way so that all Americans can continue to enjoy the many freedoms and personal liberties we hold dear. We also want to recognize and thank all of our military families, who truly understand the meaning of sacrifice and the enormous cost of preserving our many freedoms.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Durant Wins Senate Special Election

Congratulations to House Republican Caucus member and Senator-elect Peter Durant, who defeated Democratic Representative Jon Zlotnik in yesterday’s special Senate election for the Worcester and Hampshire District. Durant, who has been a member of the House since winning a special election in May of 2011 and currently represents the 6th Worcester District, succeeds former Senator Anne Gobi, who resigned earlier this year after being named as Governor Maura Healey’s Director of Rural Affairs. Be sure to check out full media coverage of yesterday’s special election results in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, CommonWealth Beacon, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, WGBH, SpectrumNews1, and MassLive

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Statement: Massachusetts House Republican Caucus Stands in Support of Israel

The Massachusetts House Republican Caucus released the following statement today expressing its support for Israel and condemning Hamas’ attack on the nation’s citizens:

“The members of the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus stand in solidarity with the citizens of Israel as the country defends itself against the unprovoked terrorist attacks by Hamas that began during the Jewish Sabbath. We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, these horrific terrorist acts which have already killed or injured thousands of innocent civilians, including many women and children. We also condemn the indiscriminate abduction of individuals and Hamas’ threat to execute these hostages. Today, we call on all state and federal officials across the nation to join us in denouncing Hamas’ appalling actions and to confirm our unwavering support for the citizens of Israel.”

Monday, September 25, 2023

Representative Kelly Pease Named to Early Education and Care Workforce Council

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Kelly W. Pease (R-Westfield) to the Early Education and Care (EEC) Workforce Council.

Created through an outside section of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2018), the EEC Workforce Council is tasked with making recommendations for “improving and enhancing professional development and higher education opportunities necessary for the growth and stability of a high quality early education and care workforce” in Massachusetts.

“As a member of the Joint Committees on Education and Higher Education, Kelly understands the importance of maintaining a highly trained and qualified early education workforce,” said Representative Jones. “In his new role as a member of the EEC Workforce Council, I am confident he will do everything he can to ensure that those working in the early education field have access to the programs and professional development training they need to have a successful career.”

The Commissioner of Early Education and Care is required to consult with the EEC Workforce Council to ensure that the professional development and higher education opportunities offered to early educators “focuses on the unique needs and challenges of providing career advancement and support” for individuals working in this field. The EEC Workforce Council is also empowered to review and provide input on any pending rules or regulations being promulgated by the Board of Early Education and Care, and to offer recommendations to the Board “for changes and improvements in early education and care professional development, training and career support.”

In addition to serving as the Ranking Minority Member of the Joint Committee on Higher Education and as a member of the Joint Committee on Education, Pease is also a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs and the House and Joint Committees on Ways and Means. Currently serving his second term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, he represents the 4th Hampden District, which includes the town of Southampton and portions of the city of Westfield.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Representative Kim Ferguson Named to State Advisory Council on Early Education and Care

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden) to the State Advisory Council onEarly Education and Care (EEC).

As a member of the Advisory Council, Representative Ferguson and her colleagues will work with EEC Commissioner Amy Kershaw to develop a five-year master plan for early education and care in Massachusetts. The master plan will, among other things, identify measures to be implemented for age-appropriate child development and school readiness; provide recommendations for constructing or acquiring new facilities; and include proposals for making program revisions and adding new programs.

The Advisory Council is also tasked with working with the EEC Commissioner to develop an educationally sound kindergarten readiness assessment for pre-school children. In addition, the Advisory Council is empowered to review and provide input on any pending rules or regulations being promulgated by the Board of Early Education and Care, and to offer recommendations to the Board “for changes and improvements in early education and care programs and services.”

“As a legislator, Kim has long prioritized and championed policies to ensure that all Massachusetts students have access to a quality education,” said Representative Jones. “Her passion and commitment will be an asset to the Advisory Council as it works to improve the state’s early education programs.”

“I am honored to be appointed to this vital advisory council, and I look forward to the work ahead,” said Representative Ferguson. “Early education has been a priority of mine, and I am thrilled to play a role in the path Massachusetts is taking - it’s an exciting time!”

Prior to joining the Legislature in 2011, Ferguson was a member of the Wachusett Regional School District Committee for three years. She is also the House Chair of the Massachusetts Regional Schools Caucus, which was established in 2005 to advocate for the needs of regional school districts, and was honored with a special recognition certificate by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools in 2022 for her work on regional school issues. She previously served on the Foundation Budget Review Commission, which helped lay the groundwork for the passage of the 2019 Student Opportunity Act to close the learning achievement gaps in Massachusetts’ schools.

Ferguson holds a Master of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education Leadership and Management. She previously worked as a private practice speech/language pathologist and consultant and was also an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Department at Framingham State University and Fitchburg State University. 

In addition to serving as the Ranking Minority Member on both the Joint Committee on Education and the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Ferguson is also a member of the Joint Committee on Agriculture. She currently serves as the First Assistant Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and represents the First Worcester District, which is comprised of the towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Westminster.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Remembering September 11

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
– President George W. Bush, at the September 11, 2008 dedication of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

Today the House Republican Caucus joins with Americans everywhere to remember and honor the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Although 22 years have passed since that fateful day, we will never forget.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Rep. David DeCoste Named to Special Legislative Commission Studying the Civil Service Law

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has announced his appointment of State Representative David F. DeCoste (R-Norwell) to serve on the SpecialLegislative Commission to Study and Examine the Civil Service Law.

Established as part of the policing reform bill signed into law on December 31, 2020, the special commission is tasked with studying the employment, promotion, performance evaluation and disciplinary procedures for civil service employees, as well as employees of communities not subject to the civil service law. Based on its findings, the commission will make recommendations for changing the law to improve diversity, transparency and representation of the community in the recruitment, hiring and training of civil service employees and employees working in communities not subject to the civil service law.

A previous iteration of the special commission issued a report on March 30, 2022, which called for lowering barriers to the civil service exam fee waivers and supporting cadet programs and diversity scholarship models, among other proposed policy changes. Language included in a supplemental budget earlier this year revived the commission with the goal of supplementing its previous report with further recommendations, which are now due by May 31, 2024.

“As a career Army veteran who served 22 years on active duty, David is well aware of the importance of the civil service law in helping our veterans who honorably served in the U.S. military to secure employment,” said Representative Jones. “His insight and expertise will help guide the commission as it works to build on the previous recommendations to further improve the law and promote more diversity in the workforce.”

The 29-member commission is co-chaired by Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Michael Brady (D-Brockton), who also serve as co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Service. The commission includes representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People New England Area Conference; the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus; the Massachusetts House Asian Caucus; the Massachusetts Municipal Association; the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Incorporated; the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.; the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, Inc.; the Mass. Veterans’ Service Agents Association, Inc.; and the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Massachusetts, Inc.

DeCoste currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member on both the Joint Committee on Public Service and the Joint Committee on Housing. He is also a member of the House Committee on Operations, Facilities and Security, as well as the Joint Committee on Transportation and the Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion.

First elected to the House of Representatives in November of 2014, DeCoste represents the 5th Plymouth District communities of Hanover, Rockland, Hanson (Precinct 1) and Norwell (Precincts 1 and 2).

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

House and Senate Republicans Call for Release of Municipal Road and Bridge Funding

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester) issued the following joint statement today regarding the ongoing Chapter 90 conference committee negotiations, along with a letter to the conferees urging swift action on the areas of agreement between the two branches:

“The Chapter 90 road and bridge program provides a critical source of state funding assistance for our cities and towns so they can address their local transportation infrastructure needs. Although the House and Senate engrossed their respective bills in March, we have now gone nearly four months without a resolution, and it is time to break this impasse. While there are some provisions that remain a source of disagreement and still need to be worked out by the House and Senate, there is also much common ground to be found in the two bills that can be acted on now to ensure this money starts flowing to our cities and towns. Today we are calling on the members of the conference committee to break the months-long deadlock and report a bill in part that includes at least the $200 million in Chapter 90 funding, as well as funding increases for other critical municipal transportation grants on which the two branches are already in agreement.”

A copy of the letter sent to the Chapter 90 conferees is attached below.

July 11, 2023

The Honorable Brendan P. Crighton
State House, Room 109-C
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable William M. Straus
State House, Room 134
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable Paul W. Mark
State House, Room 504
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable Brian W. Murray
State House, Room 134
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable Patrick M. O’Connor
State House, Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

The Honorable Steven S. Howitt
State House, Room 237
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Conferees:

On behalf of the members of the House and Senate Republican Caucuses, we are writing to respectfully request that you take immediate action to resolve the current impasse on Chapter 90 funding for Fiscal Year 2024 by reporting a bill in part to deliver this crucial funding to our 351 cities and towns.

We understand that disagreements remain between the House and Senate over certain sections of the Chapter 90 bill that would allocate funding increases to a variety of transportation-related grant programs. However, there is no such disagreement over the underlying proposal to deliver at least $200 million to local communities for critical road and bridge repairs. Therefore, we implore the conferees to move forward with the immediate release of this funding by reporting a bill in part, while continuing to attempt to reconcile the differences that remain in the other sections of this legislation.

Although the final passage date of the Chapter 90 bill has varied from session to session, the goal has always been to approve the funding in a timely manner so municipalities can take full advantage of the spring and summer construction seasons. Unfortunately, we are fast approaching one of the latest dates for finalizing action on this important program, and our cities and towns are paying the price for this inaction.

Given the continued stalemate between the two legislative branches, we urge you to prioritize the release of at least $200 million in Chapter 90 funding and any additional transportation-related municipal grant funding that is not in dispute without further delay. We thank you for your consideration in this important matter.


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.
House Minority Leader

Bruce E. Tarr
Senate Minority Leader

Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. – President Ronald Reagan  


Today marks the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a watershed event that continues to serve as a source of hope and inspiration for people around the world. As we celebrate our country’s Independence Day, the members of the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus join with Americans everywhere to honor those who are currently serving in our armed forces, as well as the many generations who came before them. Their service and sacrifices have ensured that we continue to enjoy the many essential freedoms that were envisioned by the Founding Fathers at our nation’s birth.

Friday, June 30, 2023

Representative Michael Soter Appointed To Tax Relief Conference Committee

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Michael J. Soter (R-Bellingham) to a six-member Conference Committee that will review the House and Senate’s competing tax relief proposals.

As a member of the Conference Committee, Representative Soter will work with his colleagues to try to resolve the differences between the $1.1 billion House tax relief package, which was approved on April 13 as House Bill 3770, and the Senate’s $594 million proposal, which was passed on June 15 as Senate Bill 2406. While both bills contain some similar tax relief provisions, there are also several significant differences that need to be resolved before a final bill can be sent to Governor Maura Healey for her signature.

Joining Representative Soter on the Conference Committee are House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston), Revenue Committee House Chairman Mark Cusack (D-Braintree), Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), Revenue Committee Senate Vice Chairwoman Susan Moran (D-Falmouth), and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

“Passing a wide-ranging tax relief bill is critical to ensuring that Massachusetts remains competitive while also addressing concerns about the state’s affordability,” said Representative Jones. “As someone who has run a successful business, Mike understands the importance of promoting a favorable business climate and creating an environment where individuals can afford to live and raise a family. I am confident he will work with his fellow conferees to reach consensus on a broad tax relief package that will assist as many residents and employers as possible.”

Both the House and Senate bills call for increasing the rent deduction cap, the base credit on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, and the state match on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The two bills also recommend raising the estate tax threshold from $1 million to $2 million but take different approaches to doing so while also disagreeing on how much to increase the child and dependent tax credit.

Conferees must also determine whether to retain the House’s proposed reduction in short-term capital gains taxes and the adoption of a single sales factor apportionment for all corporate excise taxes, as well as the Senate’s proposals to increase the low-income housing tax credit cap and the statewide cap on the Housing Development Incentive Program.

In addition to his new Conference Committee assignment, Representative Soter also serves as a member of the state’s Tax Expenditure Review Commission. Created in 2018, the commission is responsible for reviewing state tax policy, determining the fiscal impact of specific tax expenditures, and recommending changes as needed to the Legislature.

A former member of the Bellingham Board of Selectmen, Representative Soter was first elected to the House of Representatives in November of 2018. He represents the Eighth Worcester District, which is comprised of the towns of Bellingham, Medway (Precinct 1), Blackstone, Millville, and Uxbridge (Precincts 1A, 2, 3, and 4).

Monday, June 19, 2023

Celebrating Juneteenth Independence Day

Today the House Republican Caucus joins with Americans everywhere to celebrate Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday’s origins can be traced to June 19, 1865 when Union Army Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War was over and America’s last remaining slaves were free, thanks to President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863.

Massachusetts’ governors have commemorated June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day since 2007 with an annual proclamation recognizing “the significant contributions individuals of African descent have made to the Commonwealth and to the United States.” In July of 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature passed and former Governor Charlie Baker signed into law language in a supplemental budget declaring Juneteenth an official state holiday, which Baker noted would help “to recognize the continued need to ensure racial freedom and equality.” In June of 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth Independence Day a national holiday.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Boston Globe Op-Ed: High Taxes Are Driving People Out Of Massachusetts

Today’s Boston Globe features an op-ed piece from House Minority Leader Brad Jones and Ross Connolly, the regional director for New England at Americans for Prosperity, that focuses on the need for tax reforms to stem the exodus of residents who are leaving Massachusetts for more affordable states. Governor Maura Healey has talked about making Massachusetts more competitive, and this op-ed makes the case for achieving that worthy goal by implementing common-sense tax reforms such as increasing the estate tax threshold and preserving the voter-approved Chapter 62F law.  

With the Massachusetts House having passed a tax relief package in April and the Senate expected to unveil its own tax proposal in “the next two weeks,” the issue of tax reform could not be timelier. Be sure to check out the op-ed here.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

Throughout our nation’s history, many have answered the call to serve. Today, we remember and honor those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our many freedoms, including the 37,369 individuals who called Massachusetts home. Their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Representative Marcus Vaughn Named To Gaming Policy Advisory Committee

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has appointed State Representative Marcus S. Vaughn (R-Wrentham) to serve on the state’s GamingPolicy Advisory Committee (GPAC).

The GPAC was established as part of the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act, which legalized gaming in Massachusetts by authorizing the establishment of up to three resort casinos and one slot machine facility. The 14-member board advises the MassachusettsGaming Commission on gaming policy issues, particularly as it relates to community mitigation funding, addiction services for compulsive gambling, and the public safety impacts associated with the state’s gaming establishments.

Representative Vaughn’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth within the state’s gaming industry. On January 31, MGM Springfield in Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, and Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville began offering sports betting, with online sports betting launching on March 10. Massachusetts residents placed a total of $568 million in sports bets in March, with more than three-fourths of those bets placed through the DraftKings and FanDuel apps.

“As the Commonwealth’s gaming industry continues to expand with the introduction of online sports betting, it is important that proper safeguards are in place to regulate the industry and protect consumers,” said Representative Jones. “I am confident that Marcus will help the Commonwealth continue to navigate through the evolving gaming landscape in a way that encourages responsible growth within the industry.”

For the 2023-2024 legislative session, Representative Vaughn is serving as the Ranking Minority Member of both the House Committee on Operations, Facilities and Security and the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Representative Vaughn is currently serving his first term as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He represents the 9th Norfolk District, which consists of Precincts 3 and 4 in Medfield; Precinct 1in Millis; Precinct 5 in Walpole; and the towns of Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from Birmingham, Alabama jail, April 16, 1963

Throughout his lifetime, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached the importance of non-violent civil disobedience to achieve positive change in society. Today, the Massachusetts House Republican Caucus honors the life and legacy of Dr. King and his tireless advocacy to ensure equal justice for all Americans.

Monday, January 9, 2023

State Representative Brad Jones Re-Elected As Minority Leader For 2023-2024 Session

Representative Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) has been re-elected by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Jones was chosen by a unanimous vote to lead the House Republican Caucus for the 2023-2024 legislative session. The vote took place on January 4, which also marked the first day of the 193rd biennial session.

“I am truly grateful to receive my colleagues’ vote of confidence to continue leading the caucus over the next two years,” said Jones. “Having the support of both the new and returning members means a lot to me as we prepare to tackle the many challenges facing the Commonwealth and its residents.”

In his inaugural speech to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Jones noted that “our top priorities must be a stronger economic recovery, maintaining our focused fiscal responsibility, and transforming the way we operate as a government and provide services to our citizens.”

“While our economy is no doubt stronger than it was two years ago, none of us can or should be satisfied that it is as strong as it should be,” said Jones. “Many of our fellow citizens remain out of work or underemployed. No one in our Commonwealth should believe that their children’s future will not be a little brighter or a little better than theirs was. It falls to each one of us individually and collectively to make this happen.”

Jones noted that Massachusetts has benefited from a strong economy that has helped grow the state’s rainy day fund to historic levels, eliminated the Commonwealth’s structural deficit and allowed the Legislature to make “meaningful targeted increased investments in a wide variety of essential areas.” But he also highlighted the Legislature’s obligation to “prepare for the future by building our reserves even further” while also delivering meaningful tax relief to the Commonwealth’s residents.

“Going forward, we need to revisit the targeted tax relief both the House and Senate passed last session but failed to finalize,” Jones said. “Fortunately, the incoming Governor supported those efforts and has identified tax relief like the kind we passed as her number one priority on day one and we agree.”

During his remarks, Jones thanked the residents of the Twentieth Middlesex District, saying “it is an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of Reading, North Reading, Lynnfield and Middleton and I look forward to continuing to work on their behalf.”

Jones also offered congratulations to House Speaker Ronald Mariano on his re-election, expressing his “hope that we can find common ground in the year ahead to ensure that the critical needs of the residents of the Commonwealth are addressed.”

A lifelong North Reading resident, Jones has continued to maintain a perfect voting record while serving in the House of Representatives. He has never missed a roll call and has now cast 7,835 consecutive votes as a member of the House.