Richard Bastien

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Richard Bastien
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Massachusetts State House, Second Worcester District
Former Member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFitchburg State College
Place of birthLeominster, MA
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Campaign website
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Richard Bastien (b. October 2, 1974) is a former Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Second Worcester District from 2011 to 2013.

In the early 1990's, Rich served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Blue Ridge. He is a former retail store manager. he also holds a license to teach History in grades 8-12 in Massachusetts.

Bastien graduated cum laude from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor's Degree in History and a minor in Political Science.


Campaign themes

Bastien's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"As State Representative, I work with local leaders and business owners to ensure that we support the businesses we have and attract new ones to our area."


  • Excerpt:"I will continue to fight against both of these proposals and look to find efficiencies in our existing state budget. We do not need more revenue, we need to spend less and do it better."


  • Excerpt:"As your State Representative, I continue to work with parents, teachers, administrators and legislators to seek ways to lower costs while providing our children the tools, technology, classrooms, and teachers that inspire them to succeed and have a safe and secure future."

It’s your Government, not theirs

  • Excerpt:"I endeavor spending every day working as your advocate on Beacon Hill, not someone else’s."

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bastien served on the following committees:



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bastien ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Worcester District. Bastien defeated Scott Graves in the September 6 Republican primary and was defeated by Jonathan Zlotnik (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Zlotnik 51% 8,518
     Republican Richard Bastien Incumbent 49% 8,194
Total Votes 16,712
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Bastien Incumbent 67.7% 969
Scott Graves 32.3% 462
Total Votes 1,431


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bastien won election to the Second Worcester seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Patrick Gerry (D), Carolyn Kamuda (I) and Colleen Laperriere (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Second Worcester District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Patrick Gerry (D) 5,250
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Bastien (R) 5,652
Carolyn Kamuda (I) 1,014
Colleen Laperriere (I) 1,131

Campaign donors


In 2010, Bastien raised $10,937 in contributions.[5]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Bastien, Rich $4,326
Massachusetts Independent Pac For Working Families $1,000


Bastien and his spouse Lauren have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Rice
Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Essex District
Succeeded by
Jonathan Zlotnik (D)