|Former candidate for|
|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Massachusetts State Senate|
|High school||Lynnfield High School|
|Date of birth||August 13, 1962|
|Place of birth||Somerville, MA|
|Profession||Real Estate Broker|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts. He was defeated by Democratic incumbent John Tierney on November 6, 2012.
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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
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."
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. 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.
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. The Massachusetts Republican State Committee approved language in its party platform in February 2014 that included opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
“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. Tisei, who is gay, got married in 2013.
On his campaign website, Tisei listed seven issues. They were:
Excerpt: "I will fight tirelessly to put Washington on a path to fewer regulatory burdens, lower debt, and overall conditions which promote job growth."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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. He was defeated by Seth Moulton (D), who defeated incumbent John Tierney in the Democratic primary, in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2014|
|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."
- The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed Tisei on February 25, 2014.
Tisei ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei won the nomination on the Republican ticket. He ran unopposed in the September 6, 2012 Republican primary, after Bill Hudak suspended his campaign. 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.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Tierney Incumbent||46.4%||180,942|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
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.
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.
Tisei released the campaign ad below on December 6, 2011. It was featured on his 2012 campaign website.
Richard Tisei, "What People Are Saying"
|2010 Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||Tim Murray||48.44%|
|Republican Party||Richard Tisei||42.09%|
|Green Party||Rick Purcell||1.43%|
On November 4, 2008, Tisei was re-elected senator for the Massachusetts Senate for the Middlesex and Essex district. 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.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Essex district|
|Richard Tisei (R)||56,460|
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|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$0||$17,510||$(10,841)||$7,606|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$7,606||$119||$(6,097)||$1,628|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$1,628||$158||$(0)||$1,786|
|Year End||January 31, 2014||$1,786||$434,768||$(42,549)||$394,005|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$394,005||$301,343||$(126,093)||$569,256|
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6, 2012 - Richard Tisei Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,133,196|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,299,261|
|Top contributors to Richard Tisei's campaign committee|
|Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund||$17,450|
|General Catalyst Partners||$11,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$109,000|
In 2008 Richard Tisei collected $263,850 in donations.
Four of his largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Retired Public Employees||$1,000|
Richard Tisei has three sisters. He lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts, with his partner.
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- Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010
- United States House of Representatives
- Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District
- Richard Tisei for Congress Official Campaign Website
- Richard Tisei for Congress Official Facebook
- Richard Tisei 2012 Official Twitter
- Boston.com article about Tisei's entry
- Richard Tisei's Vote Smart Profile
- Richard Tisei Official YouTube Channel
- Tewksbury Advocate, "Tisei renews Congressional battle," accessed February 3, 2014
- Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Tisei
- On The Issues, "Richard Tisei Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- 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.
- Martha Vineyard Times, " "Katama resident Richard Tisei: a quiet political presence — until now", September 7, 2012 (dead link)
- Boston Globe, "Officials appear to misuse Mass. campaign funds," accessed July 29, 2014
- Hamilton Wenham Patch, "Tisei Spurns GOP Convention," accessed March 24, 2014
- Glouster Times, "Tisei skips GOP convention over gay rights stand," accessed March 24, 2014 (dead link)
- Boston Globe, "Richard Tisei to boycott GOP convention," accessed March 24, 2014
- Richard Tisei for Congress, "Issues" August 14, 2012 (timed out)
- Washington Blade, "Tisei considers rematch in 2014 congressional election," accessed October 28, 2013
- Politico, "2014 Massachusetts House Primaries Results," accessed September 9, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
- NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
- Washington Post, "LGBT group to back two gay Republicans for Congress," accessed February 26, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Massachusetts Congressional District 6 Election 2012" accessed January 5, 2012
- Yahoo News "Congressional Candidate Bill Hudak Suspends 2012 Campaign" (Accessed October 4, 2012) (dead link)
- Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
- Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Conservative super PACs targeting blue-state Democrats," Sept. 17, 2012
- Tisei's Campaign Website (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
- YouTube channel
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed December 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 4, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
- Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed July 13, 2014
- 2008 contributors to Richard Tisei
- Tisei's Campaign Website, Biography (Accessed: October 4, 2012)
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