About Bruce Tarr

State Senator Bruce Tarr, a Republican from Gloucester, is the Senate Minority Leader and proudly represents The First Essex and Middlesex District, consisting of the City of Gloucester and the towns of Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover (Precincts 5, 6, 7 and 8), North Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Wenham, West Newbury, and Wilmington.


Senator Tarr has been a member of the Massachusetts General Court since 1991, when he won election to the House of Representatives on

behalf of the 5th Essex District (which included Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester). In 1994, Bruce was elected to the Massachusetts State 

Senate, succeeding Senator Robert Buell, who had served for 16 years. In 1999, he was named the Assistant Minority Whip of the Senate, and in 2001, he was appointed to serve as the Minority Whip until 2006 when he was selected to become Assistant Senate Minority Leader.  The Senate Republican Caucus elected him Minority Leader in 2011, a position he continues to holdThe Senate Republican Caucus elected him Minority Leader in 2011, a position he continues to hold.


Having graduated from Gloucester High School in 1982, the Senator earned a degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1990. In addition, he holds an honorary degree in Applied Science from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute.


Widely regarded for his knowledge and ability to understand and develop policy, Senator Tarr was a major architect in the successful passage of the state's stem cell research law, Melanie's Law, which creates tougher drunk driving penalties for repeat offenders, and numerous bills involving alternative energy and fuels. Since Bruce first entered office he has remained an unyielding advocate for the fishing industry, and has worked tirelessly to bring about fair regulations to govern the Commonwealth's fishing fleet. He has been heralded for his ability to reach not only across the aisle but also for his ability to work with Massachusetts' Congressional delegation and federal regulators.


While he considers public policy important and has numerous achievements in this area, the one job that he regards above all else is helping the constituents of his district on a day-to-day basis. Bruce and his staff make it a top priority to help anyone who contacts the office seeking help in any way. Through the years the office has continued to deal with both simple and very complex issues, and in doing so, have generated the skill set, the contacts, and the ability to navigate state and federal government agencies and to interact with public and private organizations to achieve positive results. 


Outside of the State House, Senator Tarr is a member of a variety of committees and organizations:

  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (1996-present)

  • Hellenic Bar Association (Board Member, 1997-present)

  • Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging (1993-present)

  • Cape Ann Savings Bank-Corporator (1994-present)

  • Gloucester Investment Corporation, Board of Directors (1994-present)

  • Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (Member)

  • Gloucester Adventure, Incorporated (Board of Directors, 1991-present)

  • Rowley Grange (Member)

  • Hubbart Youth Bowling Program (Board of Directors-1999 to present)

  • Northeast Seafood Coalition Board of Directors, Ex Officio, 2002 to present)

  • Merrimack River Beach Alliance (Co-Chair, 2008 to present)

  • Major, Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary​

Senator Tarr has been named Legislator of the Year by the following organizations:

  • Children’s League of Massachusetts-2011

  • Dog People-2016

  • Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association-2006

  • Essex County Bar Association-2002

  • Cape Cod Cranberry Grower's Association-2002

  • Massachusetts Association of Business and Professional Women-1998

  • Massachusetts Boating and Yacht Club Association-1998

  • Massachusetts Municipal Association-1996

  • Massachusetts Bar Association-1994


He has also received the following awards: 

  • Bridgewater State University MPA Public Service Award - 2011

  • Plum Island Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award - 2009

  • Mass Audubon Legislative Leadership Award - 2008

  • Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership Wheelhouse Award-2006

  • North Of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Leadership Award-2006

  • Consorzio Folaris Award-2006

  • Past President Award- Massachusetts Legislators Association-2006

  • Buzzards Bay Guardian Award-2005

  • Essex National Heritage Commission Certificate of Recognition-2004

  • Massachusetts Sportsmen's Council "Sportsman Senator Award"-2002

  • Massachusetts Agriculture Day Award-2001

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Belding Award-2001

  • Massachusetts Agriculture Day Award-2001

  • Massachusetts Legislators Association Distinguished Service Award-2000

  • Gloucester Lodge of Elks, Distinguished Citizen Award-2000

  • Community Action Appreciation Award- Action, Inc.-2000

  • Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America Outstanding Citizen Award-2000

  • Elks Distinguished Citizen Award-1999

  • Workforce Partnership Award-1998

  • AMVETS Pilgrim Award-1996

  • Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging Legislative Service Award-1995

  • Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association's Legislative Service Award-1994


Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis St.
Last Friday / Month 12:30 - 1:30pm


Rowley Town Hall Annex
39 Central Street

Every Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm


Bruce E. Tarr, Senate Minority Leader
Massachusetts State House, Room 308
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1600
Fax: (617) 722-1310
Website: Commonwealth of Massachusetts