Meet The Senator
Senator Mike Moore
Senator Mike Moore (D-Millbury) was elected to represent the people of the Second Worcester District in the Massachusetts Senate in November 2008, earning 60% of the vote. Senator Moore represents the Towns of Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Precincts 2 & 4 in Northbridge, Shrewsbury, and Upton as well as Wards 5-7 and Precincts 1 & 5 in Ward 8 in the City of Worcester.
Born and raised in Millbury, Senator Moore has devoted his entire adult life to public service. A former police officer, environmental investigator, and town selectman, Senator Moore has an accomplished record of giving back to his community.
A graduate of the Waltham Police Academy,
Senator Moore began his 18-year law enforcement career as an Environmental Police officer working for the Department of Environmental Police, eventually becoming an investigator in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College.
Elected to the Millbury Board of Selectmen in 2001, Senator Moore served three terms improving the quality of life in the town where he grew up. In 2004, during his tenure on the Board, The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley – the largest economic development project in Millbury history - opened, expanding the town’s commercial tax base by approximately $1 million annually. He was overwhelmingly re-elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2004 and 2007.
In 2005, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Superintendent at the Worcester County Sheriff’s office, where he oversaw the Community Service Program, inmate reintegration program, and senior citizen community outreach safety programs. Under his leadership, the Sheriff's Office created the Worcester County TRIAD senior citizen program, working to identify and address senior citizen safety concerns in individual towns throughout the county with programs that include house numbering, 911 Cell Phone Bank, Beacon of Light, File for Life, and many more. Senator Moore was also responsible for the development of the Area Law Enforcement Response Transmission (ALERT) program, which sends a daily email out to law enforcement officials on recently released inmates, and the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, a Department of Revenue sponsored program that confirms parenthood of inmates to reduce welfare fraud. The Community Service Program saved Worcester County cities and towns over $3.8 million in labor costs under his leadership.
Since being elected to the Senate, Senator Moore has worked hard for the residents of the district, fighting the Governor’s efforts to close the Glavin Center in Shrewsbury, filing legislation to protect nurses and other health care workers from assault, securing funding for various area transportation projects, amongst other efforts. Immediately upon taking office, Senator Moore declined to take a pay raise given to members of the legislature, believing it irresponsible to accept a raise for a job he had not yet begun, especially given the dire budget situation facing the state.
During his first term, Senator Moore chaired the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, overseeing legislation to protect the Commonwealth’s small and family-owned businesses. Senator Moore also served as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and sat on the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets, and the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.
Senator Moore is currently Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. In addition, he serves as Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and serves on the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and the Joint Committee on Transportation.
Senator Moore lives in Millbury with his wife, Ellyn Lazar-Moore, who is an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County. Mike and Ellyn have two children, ages 11 and 8.
Organizations: Millbury Democratic Town Committee; Millbury Bicentennial Committee; Sons of the American Legion Post; Fraternal Order of Eagles; Worcester Public Library Foundation; Auburn Sportsman's Club; Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks; Worcester Community Action Council; Shrewsbury Knights of Columbus