Richard Tisei

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Richard Tisei
Richard Tisei.jpg
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
High schoolLynnfield High School
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Date of birthAugust 13, 1962
Place of birthSomerville, MA
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Campaign website
Richard R. Tisei was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[1] He was defeated in the general election by Democratic candidate Seth Moulton.

He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[2] He was defeated by Democratic incumbent John Tierney on November 6, 2012.[3]

He again ran for the 6th Congressional District in 2014. He was defeated by Seth Moulton (D) in the general election.[4]

Tisei represented the Middlesex and Essex district in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1990 to 2011 and served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2007 to 2011.


Tisei was born in Someville, MA, and is a longtime resident of the 6th Congressional District. Tisei earned his Bachelor's degree in 1984 at American University.[5]


Tisei represented the Middlesex and Essex district in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1990 to 2011 and served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts State Senate from 2007 to 2011.

His other political experience includes being the assistant minority leader for the Massachusetts State Senate from 1997-2006; he was also the second assistant minority floor leader for the Massachusetts Senate from 1993-1996. Tisei was a representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1985-1991; and chair for Weld for Governor campaign in 1990, and served on the Middlesex County Charter Commission from 1986-1988.

Tisei has professional experience as a business owner and a realtor since 1991.[6]


On The Issues Vote Match

Richard Tisei's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Tisei is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative. Tisei received a score of 51 percent on social issues and 61 percent on economic issues.[7]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[8]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Neutral Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[7] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Political stance

It has been reported that Tisei "sees himself as a traditional Republican, believing in individualism, limited government involvement in people's personal lives, and an emphasis on the role of the individual" and as "a libertarian on social issues."[9]


Campaign accounts

In July 2014 David Scharfenberg of The Boston Globe speculated that Tisei, a former state Senator, might have spent funds from his legislative campaign account on polling for a congressional bid in 2012. Under campaign finance law, this would be prohibited as only federal funds may be spent on federal races.[10] Tisei's campaign has clarified that any payments were made prior to his official declaration of candidacy for Congress and that they were for activities in support of a potential run for state office.[10]

Republican convention

Tisei announced on March 21, 2014, that he would not attend the state Republican convention because of his opposition to the state committee’s more socially conservative platform.[11][12] The Massachusetts Republican State Committee approved language in its party platform in February 2014 that included opposition to abortion and gay marriage.[11][13]

“I don’t want to go and be seen in any way to be endorsing that. I don’t really feel comfortable being at a convention where the platform takes the party backward, rather than forward, as far as appealing to a large group of Massachusetts voters,” Tisei said.[11] Tisei, who is gay, got married in 2013.[13]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Tisei listed seven issues. They were:[14]

  • Jobs

Excerpt: "I will fight tirelessly to put Washington on a path to fewer regulatory burdens, lower debt, and overall conditions which promote job growth."

  • Debt

Excerpt: "The common sense approach to budgeting that we each follow in our households must be forced upon the spenders in Washington if we’re to preserve our way of life for future generations."

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I will support common-sense legislation which results in lower health care costs and less bureaucratic red tape interfering in the health care decisions of the people."

  • Seniors

Excerpt: "I support the Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection Act, which will protect the retirement health benefits of our nation’s seniors. That legislation would prohibit post-retirement reductions in benefits — as well as providing employers with a substantial hardship exemption if the employers were truly unable to restore post-retirement benefits which had been promised to retirees (to be determined by the Secretary of Labor)."

  • Iran and Israel

Excerpt: "Israel stands as a nearly solitary bastion of liberty and freedom in the Middle East. She’s our closest ally and we have a special duty to ensure her continued survival."

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I was a strong advocate for our veterans. I helped them obtain needed benefits and advocated for the Chelsea Soldiers Home. I helped pass a law which established a “veteran’s preference” in public housing. As your Congressman, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our veterans receive the full assistance they deserve."

  • Education

Excerpt: "As a state legislator, I supported school choice, home schooling, and the establishment of charter schools. I was also a strong advocate for merit pay for our best teachers. Giving parents more control and placing less of an emphasis on test results and more of an emphasis on actual learning in the classroom remain my priorities."[14]



See also: Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Tisei was defeated in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.[1] He was defeated by Seth Moulton (D), who defeated incumbent John Tierney in the Democratic primary, in the general election on November 4, 2014.[15][16]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Moulton 53.6% 149,638
     Republican Richard Tisei 40.2% 111,989
     Independent Chris Stockwell 3.7% 10,373
     Write-in Other 0.1% 219
     Blank None 2.4% 6,700
Total Votes 278,919
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Tisei to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[17][18]


  • The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed Tisei on February 25, 2014.[19]


See also: Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Tisei ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[20] He ran unopposed in the September 6, 2012 Republican primary, after Bill Hudak suspended his campaign.[21] Incumbent Democrat John Tierney was seeking re-election.

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Daniel Fishman took in over 13,000 more votes than the number that separated Tierney and Tisei.[22]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tierney Incumbent 46.4% 180,942
     Republican Richard Tisei 45.3% 176,612
     Libertarian Daniel Fishman 4.3% 16,739
     N/A All Others 0.1% 514
     N/A Blank Votes 3.9% 15,045
Total Votes 389,852
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Race background

According to the Washington Post, Massachusetts' 6th was a battleground district in 2012, with redistricting making it less solidly Democratic. Furthermore, Democratic incumbent John Tierney faced PR issues and Tisei was a strong candidate with the potential to be the first openly gay, non-incumbent Republican congressman.[23]

According to the Washington Post, John Tierney had also been the target of attack ads from YG Action Fund, a conservative PAC supergroup. This highlights a trend in which super PACs have attempted to swing vulnerable house seats through strategic advertising. These ads were not solicited by the Tisei campaign, but his spokeswomen voiced her support for them.[24]


Tisei released the campaign ad below on December 6, 2011. It was featured on his 2012 campaign website.[25]

Richard Tisei, "What People Are Saying"[26]


See also: Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Tisei faced Tim Murray (D) and Rick Purcell (G) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Murray won election.

2010 Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tim Murray 48.44%
     Republican Party Richard Tisei 42.09%
     Independent Paul Loscocco 8.04%
     Green Party Rick Purcell 1.43%
Total Votes 2,287,407


On November 4, 2008, Tisei was re-elected senator for the Massachusetts Senate for the Middlesex and Essex district.[27] In this election he raised $263,850-; of that total $255,734 (97.4%) was from in state contributions and $6,837 (2.6%) was from out of state contributions.[28]

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Tisei (R) 56,460
All Others 743
Blanks 21,775

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tisei's reports.

Richard Tisei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$0$17,510$(10,841)$7,606
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$7,606$119$(6,097)$1,628
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2014$1,628$158$(0)$1,786
Year End[32]January 31, 2014$1,786$434,768$(42,549)$394,005
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$394,005$301,343$(126,093)$569,256
Running totals


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Tisei lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Tisei's campaign committee raised a total of $2,353,475 and spent $2,352,537.[34]


In 2008 Richard Tisei collected $263,850 in donations.[35]

Four of his largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Richard Tisei $16,000
Lorenzo Lepore $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Daniel Grabauskas $1,000


Richard Tisei has three sisters. He lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts, with his partner.[36]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Tewksbury Advocate, "Tisei renews Congressional battle," accessed February 3, 2014
  2. Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
  3. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  4. Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
  6. Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
  7. 7.0 7.1 On The Issues, "Richard Tisei Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  8. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  9. Martha Vineyard Times, " "Katama resident Richard Tisei: a quiet political presence — until now", September 7, 2012 (dead link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Boston Globe, "Officials appear to misuse Mass. campaign funds," accessed July 29, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Hamilton Wenham Patch, "Tisei Spurns GOP Convention," accessed March 24, 2014
  12. Glouster Times, "Tisei skips GOP convention over gay rights stand," accessed March 24, 2014 (dead link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Boston Globe, "Richard Tisei to boycott GOP convention," accessed March 24, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Richard Tisei for Congress, "Issues" August 14, 2012 (timed out)
  15. Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
  16. Politico, "2014 Massachusetts House Primaries Results," accessed September 9, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  18. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  19. Washington Post, "LGBT group to back two gay Republicans for Congress," accessed February 26, 2014
  20. Open Secrets, "Massachusetts Congressional District 6 Election 2012" accessed January 5, 2012
  21. Yahoo News "Congressional Candidate Bill Hudak Suspends 2012 Campaign" (Accessed October 4, 2012) (dead link)
  22. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  23. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  24. The Washington Post, "Conservative super PACs targeting blue-state Democrats," Sept. 17, 2012
  25. Tisei's Campaign Website (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
  26. YouTube channel
  27. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
  28. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed December 29, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed July 13, 2014
  35. 2008 contributors to Richard Tisei
  36. Tisei's Campaign Website, Biography (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
Political offices
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Essex
Succeeded by
Katherine Clark