Gay Republican Campaigns in Massachusetts Congressional Race

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Since high school, Richard Tisei knew he wanted to become a politician. At age 22, he became the youngest Republican ever elected to Massachusetts, winning a seat as a state senator. As a state legislator, he went on to win 13 elections in a row. Now the former minority leader is running to represent Massachusetts' 6th congressional district, against Democratic incumbent, John Tierney.

If he's successful, Tisai will have accomplished another first — he'll be the first gay Republican to be elected to the House of Representatives and to have come before an election. Richard Tisei talks about his identity as an openly gay Republican politician and how he plans to win his upcoming congressional race.


Richard Tisei

Produced by:

Zachary Dinerstein and Arwa Gunja

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.