|Massachusetts State Senate, Worcester and Middlesex District|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District|
|2011 - 2013|
|Bachelor's||Fitchburg State College|
|Birthday||October 2, 1974|
|Place of birth||Leominster, Massachusetts|
In the early 1990s, Bastien 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.
Bastien's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- 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."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bastien served on the following committees:
- Global Warming and Climate Change
- Higher Education Joint Committee
- Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint Committee
Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. No candidates qualified for either primary in the Worcester and Middlesex District. Incumbent Jennifer Flanagan (D) and Richard Bastien (R) ran sticker campaigns to be placed on the general election ballot. Steven Cote and Aaron Arsenault are running in the general election as write-in candidates.
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Richard Bastien Incumbent||49%||8,194|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Richard Bastien Incumbent||67.7%||969|
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Second Worcester District (2010)|
|Patrick Gerry (D)||5,250|
|Richard Bastien (R)||5,652|
|Carolyn Kamuda (I)||1,014|
|Colleen Laperriere (I)||1,131|
In 2010, Bastien raised $10,937 in contributions.
His four largest contributors were:
|Massachusetts Independent Pac For Working Families||$1,000|
Bastien and his wife, Lauren, have one child.
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- Official campaign website
- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Facebook profile
- Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, "Flanagan on ballot; Bastien says write-in campaign successful," September 10, 2014
- "richbastien," Official Campaign Website
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2012 State Primary Results," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 6, 2012," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Essex District
| Succeeded by|
Jonathan Zlotnik (D)
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