Richard Bastien

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Richard Bastien
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Massachusetts State Senate, Worcester and Middlesex District
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Worcester District
2011 - 2013
Bachelor'sFitchburg State College
Date of birthOctober 2, 1974
Place of birthLeominster, Massachusetts
Office website
Campaign website
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 2014, Bastien ran a sticker campaign to be placed on the general election ballot for the Second Suffolk District of the Massachusetts State Senate.[1]

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.


Campaign themes


Bastien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • 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 State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held 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 successful sticker campaigns to gain ballot placement in the general election. Steven Cote and Aaron Arsenault ran in the general election as write-in candidates. Flanagan defeated Bastien, Cote and Arsenault in the general election.[1][3]

Massachusetts State Senate Worcester & Middlesex District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Flanagan Incumbent 57.6% 29,133
     Republican Richard Bastien 37.7% 19,074
     None Blank Votes 4.6% 2,333
     None All Others 0.1% 27
Total Votes 50,567


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.[4][5]

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


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.[6]

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.[7]

His four largest contributors were:

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


Bastien and his wife, 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)