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Senior Policy Advisor
Richard Tisei works as a Senior Policy Advisor with Preti Strategies and assists clients in developing and pursuing strategic approaches to their work with government and the public.
He joined Preti after a long career of public service, including serving 6 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and 20 years in the Massachusetts Senate. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Republican ever elected to the Massachusetts Legislature.
From 2007 to 2011, Richard served as Senate Minority leader and in 2010 was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Previously, he served as State Chairman of the Baker for Governor campaign in 2010 and the Weld for Governor campaign in 1990.
In his state government career, Richard worked in virtually all policy areas and across party lines. Prior to being elected Minority Leader, he served as a member of numerous legislative committees including; Education, Government Regulations, Housing and Urban Development, Human Services and Elderly Affairs as well as Senate Ways and Means.
While serving in the Legislature, Richard played a prominent role in many key policy-making and budgetary issues. He helped draft the final version of the Welfare Reform Act of 1995, which became a national model. He was the chief sponsor of the Whistleblower Protection Law, which provides safeguards to health care workers reporting incidents of patient abuse and unsafe working conditions. He also authored legislation creating Zoo New England, a successful public/private partnership.
Richard’s problem-solving abilities and effectiveness earned him accolades from numerous advocacy organizations throughout the state. He was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Massachusetts Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, the YMCA’s of Massachusetts, the Developmental Disability Council, and the Home and Health Care Association. Upon his retirement from the Legislature he received a distinguished “Good Guy” award from the non-partisan Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.
In addition to his work with Preti Strategies, Richard is co-owner of Northrup Realtors. He has helped build the Lynnfield based firm into one of the largest independently owned firms north of Boston. He is a Past President of the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors and was named Realtor of the year by the group in 2010. He currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the North Shore Association of Realtors.
Richard is a 1984 graduate of American University. He currently resides in Wakefield MA with his husband Bernie Starr.