Richard Tisei is a 49-year-old Republican real estate agent currently running for the congressional seat in Massachusetts’ sixth district. His opponent is a 15 year incumbent, John Tierney, who is thought to be quite vulnerable and has been identified as the Republican Party’s top target in the House.
Mr. Tisei formerly headed the Republican caucus in the Massachusetts State Senate. In 2010, he was tapped to run as lieutenant goveror alongside businessman Charlie Baker. Prior to that race, Mr. Tisei came out about his sexuality in an interview with the Boston Globe. Mr. Tisei and Mr. Baker lost to the incumbent, Deval Patrick. If he wins his congressional campaign, Mr. Tisei will be the first member of the House who came out before being elected. Last month, Ken Mehlman hosted a fundraiser for Mr. Tisei at his apartment in Chelsea.