BOSTON — Wakefield Republican Richard Tisei has joined Boston firm Preti Strategies as a Senior Policy Advisor.

Tisei joins the expanded team of the former Preti Minahan Strategies and will work closely with founder Al Minahan and other professionals on public policy and communications strategy projects for clients across industries. Preti Minahan Strategies has become Preti Strategies to reflect this new identity and will continue its association with the law firm Preti Flaherty.

“Richard Tisei is an exciting addition to Preti Strategies,” said Al Minahan, who will continue as a Senior Policy Advisor with the firm. “His extensive political experience enables our firm to provide strong, bipartisan strategies to help our clients achieve their goals. We look forward to working together for continued growth and success for the firm and the clients we serve.”

From 2007 to 2010, Tisei served as Republican Leader in the Massachusetts Senate – a capstone to a 26 year career as a legislator on Beacon Hill. In the 2010 election, he served as the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor and received the party’s nomination for the Sixth Congressional District in 2012 and 2014.

Tisei said, “I have learned so much from my public service and I look forward to this next step in my journey.”


Tisei was born in Somerville and grew up in Lynnfield. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984 at American University. First running for the Legislature in 1984, while still a senior in college, he was the youngest Republican to be elected to the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, where he represented two communities north of Boston.

Tisei served in the House until 1990, when he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate. In 1990, he served as chair of Bill Weld’s successful campaign for Massachusetts Governor. In the Senate, Richard represented the towns of Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham and Wakefield. In 1997, he was elected Assistant Minority Leader and in 2007, he was elected Senate Minority Leader.

In July 2009, Tisei was named the campaign chair for Charlie Baker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign and in November 2009, Baker named Tisei as his running mate and candidate for Lieutenant Governor. In 2012 and 2014, Tisei also ran for the Massachusetts’ Sixth District seat in U.S. Congress.

Currently, Tisei resides in Wakefield with his husband, Bernie Starr, and is also broker/owner of Northrup Realtors, 26 Main St., Lynnfield.

About Preti Strategies

Preti Strategies’ focus is lawmaking and policymaking for various business interests. According to the company’s website, Preti Strategies uses a “cross-disciplinary approach” and employs “comprehensive, well-executed strategies to achieve government relations, public advocacy, communications and business development goals.”

Preti Strategies has “deep roots in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire and have worked with clients to achieve goals nationwide with services including: Lobbying and coalition-building; public advocacy and grassroots campaigns; communications strategy and media relations; crisis communications, and business development and networking.”