Richard Tisei is a longtime resident of the 6th Congressional District His great grandparents emigrated from Tivoli, Italy, and arrived in Lynn. His father was a local builder and his mother ran a small business. Richard attended Lynnfield Public Schools before earning his B.A. degree from American University in 1984. That same year, Richard won a surprise victory in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, becoming the youngest Republican ever elected to that body.