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Crowd of more than 500 people help launch Rep. Vinny deMacedo's State Senate campaign at kickoff tonight

March 31, 2014

“I’m overwhelmed, grateful and honored by your friendship and support,” State Representative Vinny deMacedo told an overflow crowd of more than 500 friends and supporters who joined him to launch his campaign for State Senate at Waverly Oaks Golf Club on Monday evening, March 31, 2014.

Representative deMacedo was also joined by community leaders and elected officials from all of the towns in the Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate District.

“Seventeen years ago, when I first ran for State Representative, I introduced myself as Vinny from the gas station. I promised that I would represent all the voters with honesty, integrity, hard work, and common sense. I hope you agree that I have kept my promise.”

Representative deMacedo continued, “My legislative career has also been shaped by my commitment to building relationships and working together with my colleagues regardless of party affiliation or ideology. Public service is not about politics or parties, it’s about people.”

James Cummings, Sheriff of Barnstable County, said, “Vinny is the kind of State Senator we need for Bourne, Sandwich and Falmouth. Vinny works with everyone, and he quietly gets things done. He focuses on solutions not politics.”

Representative David Vieira of Falmouth, who has worked with deMacedo on Beacon Hill, said, “While his legislative efforts have earned him many statewide awards, it’s his tireless commitment to his constituents that impresses me most.”

Representative deMacedo said, “For me, service has always been the most important part of public service. I am honored to be able to pick up the phone to help someone with a government agency. I consider responsive constituent service a privilege and the primary reason why you have elected me to represent you. And, while I’m still widely recognized as Vinny from the gas station, I have also learned a great deal over the past 16 years in the House of Representatives, experience that I will put to work for you in the State Senate if elected.”

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said, “Vinny is the kind of independent voice we need more of on Beacon Hill. That’s the reason why so many Democrats, independents and Republicans support him. It’s also the reason why his colleagues in the House and Senate will tell you that he has been so effective.”

Representative Randy Hunt said, “More than anything else, I think it’s important for people to understand why his fellow legislators – both Democrats and Republicans – elected Vinny as President of the Massachusetts Legislators Association. They work with him every day. They know him and respect him.”

Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, Jr. said, “The main reason I think Vinny has been so effective in the House – and why I think he’ll be even more effective in the State Senate – is simple; he treats everyone with respect. His core values and principles guide his actions. He is constantly looking for the common ground to bring people together to solve problems, not to get a quick headline.”

Representative deMacedo concluded his remarks by saying, “Whether you live in Pembroke, Kingston, Plymouth, Bourne, Sandwich or Falmouth, I will bring the same commitment to honesty, integrity, hard work and common sense to the State Senate. It would be a privilege and honor to serve all of the citizens of the Plymouth and Barnstable District.”


Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan endorses Rep. Vinny deMacedo for State Senate

Abington, MA - March 17 – Former U.S. Attorney and Plymouth County District Attorney Michael Sullivan today endorsed Plymouth State Rep. Vinny deMacedo for State Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable District.

“More than seventeen years ago while serving as Plymouth County District Attorney, I had the opportunity to meet local businessman, Vinny deMacedo,” said former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. “I was extremely impressed with Vinny’s commitment to his community and his advocacy for many important initiatives in Plymouth. Having had the honor of serving in the Massachusetts legislature I knew Vinny had the right passion, integrity, and interpersonal skills to be an extraordinary and extremely effective member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Since his first election, I have had the opportunity to witness Vinny’s leadership on many important issues facing the South Shore and Cape Cod and have been impressed with his approach and success as a legislator. Vinny knows the importance of learning through listening. His serious and thoughtful approach to the work of the legislature has rightfully earned respect from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I know that Vinny will be a great State Senator,” concluded Sullivan.

In response to Sullivan’s endorsement, deMacedo said, "Having the support of former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, a nationally-acclaimed and recognized law enforcement professional who has protected and championed our communities, state, and nation, is a great honor. I have had the privilege of seeing countless firsthand examples of the incredible difference that Mike has made through his commitment to improve public safety, protect our citizens, and promote and enforce justice. His initiatives as District Attorney helped make Plymouth County a safer place. The consummate public servant, Mike has amassed an outstanding record of achievement as state legislator, Plymouth County District Attorney, U.S. Attorney, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF),” stated deMacedo.


Barnstable County Sheriff Endorses deMacedo for State Senate

Bourne, MA - March 5 - Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings Wednesday endorsed Plymouth State Representative Vinny deMacedo for Plymouth and Barnstable State Senator.

In announcing his support for deMacedo, Sheriff Cummings said “Representative deMacedo has done an excellent job for his district and beyond. During my time as Sheriff of Barnstable County, Vinny has always been available and has gone out of his way to be helpful to the people of Barnstable County. I cannot think of a better person for the Plymouth/Barnstable State Senate Seat,” said Cummings.

Responding to the endorsement, deMacedo said, “I’m honored to have Sheriff Cummings’ support. He is a respected law enforcement professional who is keeping dangerous criminals off the streets of Cape Cod. Yet Jim is also a compassionate man whose innovative drug treatment and life skills training programs are restoring shattered lives and giving those who will be released a chance at a productive life,” deMacedo said.

Representative Vinny deMacedo has served as State Representative from the First Plymouth District since 1999. He is the Ranking Minority Member on the House Ways and Means Committee.


Lawmaker announces run for Senate seat

February 10, 2014 - Cape Cod Times - By C. Ryan Barber

A day after Senate President Therese Murray announced she would step down after her current term, state Rep. Vinny deMacedo confirmed Sunday that he will run to return the Plymouth Democrat's district to Republican hands.

DeMacedo, a South Plymouth Republican who was first elected to the Statehouse in 1998, has stated in the past that he would be interested in replacing Murray if she decided to leave the Legislature. Before Saturday, the 15-year House veteran said he thought Murray would hold her seat until at least March 2015, when Senate term limit rules would have required her to hand over the gavel after eight years as the first female leader of either Statehouse chamber.

But with the seat now open, deMacedo decided it was time to reach for the upper chamber in hopes of representing a Senate district that extends from Pembroke to the Upper Cape.

"Throughout my time on Beacon Hill, I have been a strong and consistent voice on issues that matter to all of us. One of the reasons I have been so effective for the citizens of Plymouth is my commitment to working together — regardless of party affiliation — to make government more efficient and responsive and better serve our residents and communities," deMacedo said Sunday, in a prepared statement. "If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next state senator, I will bring this same dedication to the state Senate. And, equally important, I will bring the same independent perspective that has always been guided by my simple belief that my job is to represent the interests of all the voters in my district."

Read article online here.


State Rep. Vinny DeMacedo announces candidacy for state Senate

February 9, 2014 – Kingston Reporter

PLYMOUTH - State Rep. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, announced Sunday that he will run for the state Senate representing the Plymouth and Barnstable District, which includes the communities of Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth and Sandwich.

Saturday, Senate President Therese Murray announced she will not seek a 12th term representing the district.

"Today, I am formally announcing my candidacy to become the state Senator from the Plymouth and Barnstable state Senate district," deMacedo said. "Over the past 15 years, I have been honored to work on behalf of the people of Plymouth as their state representative. I thank Senate President Murray for her years of hard work for the citizens of the Plymouth and Barnstable state Senate district, as well as our commonwealth.

"Throughout my time on Beacon Hill, I have been a strong and consistent voice on issues that matter to all of us. One of the reasons I have been so effective for the citizens of Plymouth is my commitment to working together – regardless of party affiliation – to make government more efficient and responsive and better serve our residents and communities," deMacedo added. "If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next state senator, I will bring this same dedication to the state Senate. And, equally important, I will bring the same independent perspective that has always been guided by my simple belief that my job is to represent the interests of all the voters in my district."

DeMacedo has served the town of Plymouth as state representative since 1999. Currently the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Plymouth lawmaker has been a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and has stood against numerous tax increase proposals, including last year's technology tax, which has since been repealed.

During his tenure in the House, he has been recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has served as president of the Massachusetts Legislators Association, and was twice honored as Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association.

DeMacedo grew up in Kingston and graduated in 1983 from Silver Lake Regional High School. He is a 1987 graduate of The King's College in New York with a degree in business administration.

DeMacedo lives in South Plymouth with Jennifer, his wife of 23 years, and their three children, ages 20, 17, 15. He is the owner and operator of RWA Mobil in the Cedarville section of Plymouth.

Read article online here.


Longtime state Rep. Vinny deMacedo says he’s made a point of not changing

Vinny deMacedo is an eight-term state legislator and one of only 30 Republicans in the 160-member House. He is also a businessman who can be seen pumping gas or behind the counter at the Plymouth gas station he owns. His background, his family and his beliefs have made him a respected House member known for his ability to work across the aisles, colleagues say.

November 19, 2013 - The Patriot Ledger - By Alexander Hyacinthe


UMass-Boston linguistics professor Donaldo Macedo is as liberal as they come. Born in Cape Verde, Macedo immigrated with his family to Dorchester in the 1960s, coming of age during the height of the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests and his native country’s battle for independence from Portugal.

A linguist, he has penned books with famed lefties Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. So it is a surprise when he praises a Republican state representative who opposed gay marriage and abortion.

It is more of a surprise that the politician is his brother Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth. Donaldo has dropped the prefix that was accidentally added to his surname when he immigrated. His brother has kept it – another difference between them.

But political philosophy aside, Macedo believes in his brother.

“I think Vinny represents what a politician ought to be. At the end of the day, it’s not what you believe, it’s how you are in the world,” Macedo said.

Vinny deMacedo is an eight-term legislator and one of only 30 Republicans in the 160-member House. He is also a businessman who can be seen pumping gas or behind the counter at the gas station he owns in Plymouth....

Read full article online here.


2013 LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST: Rep. Vinny deMacedo stresses importance of a balanced budget

September 20, 2013 - Wicked Local Plymouth - By Kathryn Gallerani

KINGSTON —Keeping a hawk’s eye on proposals to increase taxes and create new ones is keeping Rep. Vinny deMacedo, R-Plymouth, busy these days.

During his address last Friday at the annual Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce legislative Breakfast, deMacedo noted that he voted against a $1.9 billion tax package that would have removed deductions and taxed scholarship money and capital gains. These measures would have slammed those trying to pay for college and retirees relying on money accrued from their homes, he said.

DeMacedo thanked the Chamber for its public opposition to the new 6.25 percent technology services tax, which he said will have a negative impact on job growth. The opposition effort has already yielded results with a bill to repeal the tax. While it’s not yet clear when the repeal will happen, deMacedo said he’s confident things are moving quickly toward that end.

“There are so many things you can do to affect what happens on Beacon Hill,” he said. “You can make a difference.”

He stressed that Massachusetts and the country as a whole need to work toward a balanced budget. The national debt has already reached $17 trillion; it was $9 trillion four or five years ago, he added.

DeMacedo and other legislators delivered the state of the state, so to speak, at the Chamber’s breakfast gathering held Friday, Sept. 13, at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.

Read article online here.


Murray, DeLeo vow tech tax repeal

September 12, 2013 - NECN - (Peter Howe, Boston)

After six weeks of unrelenting outrage from Massachusetts technology businesses, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo promised Thursday they will move to have the new state sales tax on software and computer services repealed.

"We don’t know how to collect the tax, or who to collect it from," Murray told reporters outside the Senate chambers Thursday afternoon. "It’s become pretty clear that it's almost impossible to collect or to quantify who pays and who do you get the money from, so we have agreed to, after the meeting this morning with the business community, to repeal."...

Representative Vinny DeMacedo, a Plymouth Republican who is the ranking GOP member on the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, said, "We were really trying to say: 'Don't do this to our innovation economy. It will send a bad message.'" The new tax was adopted with overwhelming support by Democrats who dominate both chambers.

"I don’t want to be self-serving here but the reality is, as a Republican, I think this shows what is so important about the two-party system and having that check and balance in debate. We were trying to do that, and not a lot of people were listening," DeMacedo said, adding: "This is a good day for Massachusetts, I think, and Massachusetts jobs."...

Watch video and read full article here. 


Mass. Republican Lawmaker: Sequester Cuts Painful But Necessary

February 27, 2013 – WBUR 90.9

“All Things Considered” with

BOSTON — There’s still no deal in sight to prevent huge automatic federal government spending cuts from starting Friday, and many Democratic politicians warn the budget-cutting could be severe. But some congressional Republicans call that fear-mongering, so we wanted to get the perspective of a GOP lawmaker in Massachusetts.

State Rep. Vincent deMacedo is a Republican from Plymouth and a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He told WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer that he believes the sequester cuts will have a profound effect, but he says they may be a bitter pill the country has to swallow to help tackle the national debt.

Vincent deMacedo: We’re spending over $100 billion more than we take in each and every month. We cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have, and so there is going to be some point of reckoning, and we can’t just keep doing this on the credit card because what we’re doing is we’re passing this debt on to our children and our children’s children.

The audio clip and an interview transcript is available here. 



Broadside: Mind the revenue gap

December 5, 2012 - NECN

A lot of the budget fixing Mass. Governor Deval Patrick wants to do will require the help of lawmakers on Beacon Hill.

Joining Broadside to talk about the potential solutions are Mass. state Rep. Vinny deMacedo and state Sen. Brian Joyce.

deMacedo says he will not vote for cut local aid, but Joyce says he would if necessary.

"We're not convinced it is just yet. The receipts were just up seriously on the lottery for that Powerball drawing ... and there's ebbs and flows," Joyce, a Democrat representing Milton, said.

deMacedo, a Republican from Plymouth, isn't buying that the fiscal cliff is the source of Massachusetts' budget woes.

"The fiscal cliff is now, but we've had a problem as far as revenue going back from August, September, October - so this isn't just happening. I'm not saying it plays some aspect to it, but to suggest that that's the reason is just a little strange," deMacedo, a Republican from Plymouth, said.

Watch the attached video for the complete discussion.


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