For Immediate Release - October 18, 2013

Robert Ross to be AG Coakley’s New Business and Labor Bureau Chief

BOSTON – Robert Ross has been appointed as the new Chief of the Business and Labor Bureau, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. Ross has most recently served as Senate President Therese Murray’s Chief Policy Advisor and fills the vacancy left by Jennifer Stark after she was appointed to the Marlboro District Court.

“We’re thrilled to have Bob join our team as he brings a strong depth of knowledge concerning economic development here in Massachusetts,” AG Coakley said. “Bob’s experience will serve him well as we continue our mission of ensuring economic fairness and working with the business community to help our economy grow.”

“Bob Ross has established an unmatched expertise on some of our toughest and most complex issues and he has successfully led the Senate through a number of priorities including transportation finance and reform, electricity and storm response bills and economic development legislation,” Senate President Murray said. “Bob is an intelligent, thoughtful and driven individual and his extensive experience will allow him to protect and advocate on behalf of residents throughout the Commonwealth.  I am confident that Bob will serve as an effective and positive addition to the Attorney General’s team.”

“I am looking forward to this new challenge of becoming the Chief of the Business and Labor Bureau under Attorney General Martha Coakley,” Ross said. “I am also deeply grateful to Senate President Therese Murray for the many opportunities to work on the significant issues facing the Commonwealth over the past decade.”

In his work with the senate president’s office, Ross oversaw the policy team responsible for developing a coherent agenda for each legislative session and coordinated the work of the senate and its joint committees in developing initiatives. Ross was also responsible for the development of numerous enacted laws including the economic development reform of 2010 and the Green Communities Act of 2008.

Prior to his work with the Senate President’s office, Ross served as budget director and legal counsel for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and as legal counsel to the Massachusetts Division of Insurance and State Rating Bureau.  He has also worked at John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston.

Ross is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Northwestern University Law School in Chicago. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar.

As chief of the Business and Labor Bureau, Ross will lead a team helping to promote a healthy economy by balancing regulatory enforcement and review with advocacy for consumers, ratepayers, and workers. The bureau prosecutes fraud and abuses in our state health care system, advocates on behalf of utility ratepayers, enforces laws governing our many public charities, and levels the playing field for workers and businesses.

The bureau protects the public interest through fair, firm and transparent investigation, reporting and enforcement actions while providing certainty and equality in the marketplace.

Divisions within the bureau include:

  • Business, Technology and Economic Development;
  • Energy and Telecommunications;
  • Fair Labor;
  • Medicaid Fraud, and;
  • Non-Profit Organizations and Public Charities.


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