Senator Richard Tisei, who in 1984 became the youngest Republican ever elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, will close out the latest chapter in his long career of public service on January 4. The unsuccessful candidate for Lt. Governor will be missed by his many constituents who never wavered in their support — sending him back to the State House when times were both good and bad for the state GOP. Tisei’s trademark was constituent service, a key to his popularity in a mostly Democratic district. For his successor, current Melrose state representative Katherine Clark, the bar has been set high. During his tenure, Tisei wrote more than 1,300 columns in the varied newspapers in his district. His last dispatch is his most eloquent.
I’ve made a lot of friends over the years and served with many remarkable people, including six Governors, five Speakers, four Senate Presidents, and countless colleagues in both the House and Senate. Looking back at my time in the Legislature, I can cite many policy accomplishments, but I am most proud of my record of constituent service.
When you serve in public office, you’re often called upon to assist people who have nowhere else left to turn. Thanks to the many terrific staff members I’ve had over the years, I’ve been able to make a positive difference in many people’s lives, which is probably the most rewarding aspect of this job.
His mentor, the late John Volpe, would be especially proud of Tisei’s political legacy.