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Roll Call on Gas Tax Bill in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in March 2020

February 15, 2021

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that sought to increase the state’s gasoline tax and tax ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The vote was 113 Yea, 40 Nay, 4 Not Voting.

All Yea votes came from Democrats. All Republicans voted Nay, as did eight Democrats and one unenrolled member (which means not a member of a political party).  Four Democrats did not vote.

The vote occurred a couple of weeks before the coronavirus emergency hit Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Senate did not take up the bill during the 2019-2020 legislative session.

There were three vacancies in the Massachusetts House at the time of the vote. (The House ordinarily has 160 members.)

Vacant House seats as of March 4, 2020:  Thirty-Second Middlesex District (which includes the city of Melrose; portions of the town of Wakefield (precincts 4 through 6); and portions of the city of Malden (Ward 5, Precinct 2)); Thirty-Seventh Middlesex District (which includes the towns of Boxborough, Harvard, and Shirley; and portions of the town of Acton (precincts 3 through 5), portions of the town of Ayer (precinct 2); and portions of the town of Lunenburg (precincts A, C, and D); Third Bristol District (which includes portions of the city of Taunton (Wards 1, 2, 5, 7, 8; and portions of Ward 3 (precinct A)); and portions of the town of Easton (precinct 6)).

Below is a roll call on Massachusetts House Bill 4530 of the 2019-2020 legislative session.

A Yes vote in red is for the gas tax bill.  A No vote in blue is against the gas tax bill.  “Present” means the state representative registered his presence but did not vote either Yes or No. “Not Voting” (in pea green) means the member did not vote on the bill.





Democrats (113)


James Arciero (D-Westford)

Ruth Balser (D-Newton)

Christine Barber (D-Somerville)

John Barrett III (D-North Adams)

David Biele (D-South Boston)

Natalie Blais (D-Sunderland)

Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford)

Daniel Cahill (D-Lynn)

Linda Campbell (D-Methuen)

Peter Capano (D-Lynn)

Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton)

Gerard Cassidy (D-Brocton)

Tackey Chan (D-Quincy)

Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington)

Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge)

Edward Coppinger (D-West Roxbury)

Claire Cronin (D-Easton)

Daniel Cullinane (D-Dorchester)

Mark Cusack (D-Braintree)

Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury)

Michael Seamus Day (D-Stoneham)

Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)

Marcos Devers (D-Lawrence)

Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop)

Mindy Domb (D-Amherst)

Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester)

Paul Donato (D-Medford)

William Driscoll (D-Milton)

Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)

Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)

Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain)

Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield)

Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth)

Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)

Michael Finn (D-West Springfield)

Carole Fiola (D-Fall River)

William Galvin (D-Canton)

Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)

Denise Garlick (D-Needham)

Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury)

Thomas A. Golden Jr. (D-Lowell)

Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield)

Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford)

Tami Gouveia (D-Acton)

Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough)

Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)

Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn)

James Hawkins (D-Attleboro)

Stephan Hay (D-Fitchburg)

Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)

Christopher Hendricks (D-New Bedford)

Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster)

Kate Hogan (D-Stow)

Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan)

Kevin Honan (D-Brighton)

Daniel Hunt (D-Dorchester)

Louis Kafka (D-Stoughton)

Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)

Kay Khan (D-Newton)

Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston)

John Lawn (D-Watertown)

David LeBoeuf (D-Worcester)

Jack Lewis (D-Framingham)

David Linsky (D-Natick)

Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay)

Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston)

John J. Mahoney (D-Worcester)

Elizabeth Malia (D-Jamaica Plain)

Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy)

Paul Mark (D-Peru)

Christopher Markey (D-Dartmouth)

Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett)

Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham)

Joan Meschino (D-Hull)

Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End)

Christina Minicucci (D-North Andover)

Liz Miranda (D-Roxbury)

Frank Moran (D-Lawrence)

Michael Moran (D-Brighton)

James M. Murphy (D-Weymouth)

Brian Murray (D-Milford)

David Nangle (D-Lowell)

Harold Naughton (D-Worcester)

Tram Nguyen (D-Andover)

James O’Day (D-West Boylston)

Jerald Parisella (D-Beverly)

Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown)

Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley)

Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox)

Denise Provost (D-Somerville)

Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield)

Maria Robinson (D-Framingham)

David Rogers (D-Cambridge)

Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin)

Daniel Ryan (D-Charlestown)

Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton)

Jon Santiago (D-South End)

Angelo Scaccia (D-Hyde Park)

Paul Schmid (D-Westport)

Alan Silvia (D-Fall River)

Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers)

Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham)

William Straus (D-Mattapoisett)

Paul Tucker (D-Salem)

Chynah Tyler (D-Roxbury)

Steven Ultrino (D-Malden)

Andres Vargas (D-Haverhill)

Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)

RoseLee Vincent (D-Revere)

Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline)

Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee)

Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody)

Bud Williams (D-Springfield)







Republicans  (31)


Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield)

Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer)

Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick)

William Crocker (R-Centerville)

David DeCoste (R-Norwell)

Angelo D’Emilia (D-Bridgewater)

Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk)

Peter Durant (R-Spencer)

Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden)

Paul Frost (R-Auburn)

Susan Gifford (R-Wareham)

Sheila Harrington (R-Groton)

Bradford Hill (R-Ipswich)

Steven Howitt (R-Seekonk)

Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich)

Bradley Jones (R-North Reading)

Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury)

James Kelcourse (R-Amesbury)

Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica)

Joseph McKenna (R-Webster)

Lenny Mirra (R-Georgetown)

David Muradian (R-Grafton)

Mathew Muratore (R-Plymouth)

Norman Orrall (R-Lakeville)

Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough)

Todd Smola (R-Warren)

Michael Soter (R-Bellingham)

Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington)

David Vieira (R-Falmouth)

Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster)

Donald Wong (R-Saugus)


Democrats  (8)


Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow)

Michelle Dubois (D-Brockton)

Colleen Garry (D-Dracut)

Patrick Joseph Kearney (D-Scituate)

David Robertson (D-Tewksbury)

John Rogers (D-Norwood)

John Velis (D-Westfield)

Jonathan Zlotnik (D-Gardner)




Unenrolled (1)


Susannah Whipps (I-Athol)






Not Voting


Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy)

Rady Mom (D-Lowell)

Thomas Petrolati (D-Ludlow)

Jose Tosado (D-Springfield)