Richard Tisei

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Richard Tisei
Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Essex
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Realtor / Senator
Richard Tisei (b. August 13, 1962) was a Republican member of the Massachusetts State Senate. He represented the Middlesex and Essex district from 1990 to 2011 and served as Minority Leader in the Massachusetts Senate from 2007 to 2011.

His other political experience includes being the assistant minority leader for the Massachusetts 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.

Tisei earned his Bachelors degree in 1984 at American University.[1]


Richard Tisei currently serves on a number of legislative committees, including theBills in the Third Reading Committee, the Elder Affairs Committee, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, the Municipalities and Regional Government Committee, the State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee, the Steering and Policy Committee, and the Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee.



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.


On November 4, 2008, Tisei was re-elected senator for the Massachusetts Senate for the Middlesex and Essex district. [2] 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.[3]

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


In 2008 Richard Tisei collected $263,850 in donations. [4]

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 was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and was raised in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He is currently single.

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Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Essex
Succeeded by
Katherine Clark