The Massachusetts Senate Republican Caucus congratulates Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei on his decision to join the Charlie Baker team as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Richard has been a terrific leader in the Senate, fighting against over-taxation, unbalanced budgets and wasteful government spending, and we know he and Charlie Baker will continue this fight as they campaign for the corner office.
For those of you who may not know Richard as well as we do, just take a look at his official biography to see why we think he is an outstanding choice to represent the party as Lieutenant Governor:
Richard R. Tisei, 47, is the Minority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate and the Dean of the GOP delegation at the State House. He represents the Middlesex and Essex District, which consists of Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield.
Richard won his first election in 1984 at the age of 22, becoming the youngest Republican ever elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. After serving six years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Richard has been re-elected to ten consecutive Senate terms in an overwhelmingly Democratic district where registered Republicans are outnumbered, 9-1.
In 1990, Richard was chosen by William Weld to serve as his Campaign Chairman, and in that role helped to lay the groundwork for the election of the first Republican governor in Massachusetts in 20 years. Once elected, he helped Governor Weld implement his reform agenda and get state government back on a solid financial footing.
Over the years, Richard has built a solid voting record as a fiscal conservative and a reformer of state government. He has never supported a broad-based tax increase, and last year once again earned a top score of 93 from Citizens for Limited Taxation. Consistently he has scored high marks from statewide business organizations that monitor legislators’ voting records on key spending and job creation issues, including Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the Mass High Technology Council and the Massachusetts Federation of Independent Businesses.
As Minority Leader, Richard has fought for key reforms that would make government more efficient and the Massachusetts economy more competitive, pursuing a legislative agenda that emphasizes transparency and accountability to the state’s taxpayers. During the current legislative session, he led opposition to the sales tax increase, while simultaneously offering over $1 billion in cost-saving reform measures. He also took on the current administration’s mismanagement of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, exposing its handling of the traffic debacle that occurred over the Easter Sunday holiday weekend.
Despite Republicans’ being outnumbered 35-5 in the Senate – the most lopsided party division in the nation – Richard has used his position as Minority Leader to become an effective spokesman for the Republican Party, calling attention to a wide range of issues, most notably those related to wasteful spending. He has been at the forefront of efforts to eliminate government waste and inefficiencies, reduce the tax burden on Massachusetts residents, and promote policies that will help small businesses create jobs and remain competitive.
Over the years, Richard has played an active role in the passage of many significant bills. He was a leader on the six-member conference committee that produced the landmark 1993 welfare reform law, which was widely recognized as a national model when it passed. He also was the chief sponsor of the Whistleblower Protection Law, and led the fight to protect healthcare workers from harassment and retaliation by their employers for reporting patient abuse and unsafe working conditions.
A steadfast advocate for children, the disabled and senior citizens, Richard has been recognized by numerous organizations for his efforts on behalf of the state’s most vulnerable residents. He has earned Legislator of the Year honors and accolades from organizations as diverse as the Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers, Mystic Valley Elder Services, the YMCA, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Silver Legislature. In September, he received Housing Families’ 2009 Community Hero Award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of homeless families.
Richard is the owner of Northrup Realtors in Lynnfield. He is President-Elect of the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, and was named by the group as its 2009 Realtor of the Year.