State Senator Vinny deMacedo
(R-Plymouth and Barnstable District)
Vinny deMacedo serves as the State Senator for the Plymouth and Barnstable District including the towns of Kingston, Pembroke, and Plymouth in Plymouth County and Bourne, Falmouth, and Sandwich in Barnstable County. He was first elected State Senator in November 2014. He previously represented the First Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eight terms from 1999-2015.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, his family moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts when he was only six months old. Senator deMacedo grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts with his six brothers and sisters. He is a 1983 graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School and a 1987 graduate of The King’s College in New York with a degree in Business Administration.
A long-time small business owner, Senator deMacedo has owned and operated RWA Mobil on Route 3A in the Cedarville section of South Plymouth since 1991.
He and his wife of 27 years, Jennifer, live in Plymouth. They have three adult children.
Senator deMacedo serves in a leadership position as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, a key Senate committee which reviews all legislation related to the state’s finances as well as other important issues. He is also the Ranking Minority Member on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means where he serves as one of 6 members on the annual Budget Conference Committee. He has been a strong and consistent voice for fiscal responsibility.
Of particular concern to Senator deMacedo has been the opioid epidemic faced by Massachusetts. As a member of the Senate’s Special Commission on the Opioid Epidemic, Senator deMacedo took a leadership role in finding solutions to this crisis faced by so many Massachusetts residents and their families. Although much progress has been made in adding treatment beds and options, Senator deMacedo believes that there is still more work that needs to be done and continues to be an advocate in that regard.
During his time on Beacon Hill, Senator deMacedo has been a champion of economic development, working to make Massachusetts more business-friendly. He has supported the local tourism industry and fought to preserve regional tourism funding.
Senator deMacedo has also been a key legislative point person for public safety officials in Plymouth and Barnstable County. He has been recognized for his leadership on public safety issues and initiatives to combat opiate addiction.
In addition to these interests, Senator deMacedo serves as a member of the following committees:
- Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business
- Joint Committee on Financial Services
- Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy
- Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development
- Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration
- Senate Committee on Rules
- Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets
In recognition of the high regard with which he is viewed by other current and former legislators, he also served as the past President of the Massachusetts Legislator’s Association.
Throughout his tenure in the legislature, many associations have acknowledged Senator deMacedo for his legislative work. His awards include:
- Presidential Medal – Government of Cape Verde
- Beacon of Hope Award – Cape Cod Center for Women
- Legislator of the Year – Massachusetts Police Association
- Twice named Legislator of the Year - Massachusetts Town Clerks Association
- Legislator of the Year - Jewish Community Relations Council
- Legislator of the Year – Council of Human Services Providers
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award.