Richard Tisei

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Richard Tisei
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 6
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate
High schoolLynnfield High School
Bachelor'sAmerican University
BirthdayAugust 13, 1962
Place of birthSomerville, MA
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
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Richard R. Tisei is a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.


Tisei represented the Middlesex and Essex district in the Massachusetts State Senate 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]



See also: Massachusetts' 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Tisei is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Massachusetts' 6th District. Tisei is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.[2] He faces Bill Hudak in the September 6, 2012 Republican primary. Incumbent Democrat John Tierney is seeking re-election.

According to the Washington Post, Massachusetts' 6th is a battleground district in 2012, with redistricting making it less solidly Democratic. Furthermore, Democratic incumbent John Tierney faces PR issues and Tisei is a strong candidate with the potential to be the first openly gay, non-incumbent Republican congressman.[3]


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. [4] 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.[5]

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. [6]

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