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Robert Travaglini

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Robert Travaglini
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President of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
January 1, 2003 – March 19, 2007
Preceded byTom Birmingham
Succeeded byTherese Murray
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from Middlesex and Suffolk 1st district
In office
Preceded byMichael LoPresti Jr.
Succeeded byAnthony Petruccelli
Majority Whip for the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Boston City Councilor from District 1
In office
Preceded bydistrict created
Succeeded byDiane J. Modica
Personal details
Born (1952-07-20) July 20, 1952 (age 67)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kelly (née Holtz)
ChildrenTaylor, Jennifer, and Andrew
Alma materBoston State College

Robert Edward Travaglini (born July 20, 1952) is an American politician and lobbyist. From 2003 through 2007, he served as President of the Massachusetts Senate. He represented the first Middlesex and Suffolk senate district, encompassing portions of Boston, Revere, Winthrop, and Cambridge.


Travaglini began his venture into politics as an executive assistant to then Massachusetts Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti from 1975 to 1981, followed by a three-year stint as administrative assistant to Boston's Mayor Kevin White.

After earning experience as an assistant, Travaglini entered the political world in the 1983 election for the Boston City Council. He was elected as the councilor for District 1,[1] and was subsequently re-elected to four two-year terms. In November 1992, Travaglini was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, and served both as a state senator and city council member during 1993.[2]

In 1999, Travaglini moved up in rank to Majority Whip of the Senate. He reached the pinnacle of his political career in 2003, when he was elected as President of the Massachusetts Senate. He was the first Italian-American to lead either legislative branch in Massachusetts.[3]

Travaglini resigned his senate position on March 19, 2007, in order to start his own lobbying firm, Travaglini Eisenberg Kiley LLC;[4] he is still with the firm as of March 2018.[5]


Travaglini attended Savio Preparatory High School in East Boston and then continued on to Boston State College, where he earned a B.S. in Political Science in 1974.[6]

Personal life

Travaglini, a longtime resident of East Boston, now resides in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He is married to Kelly (née Holtz) and has three children, Taylor, Jennifer, and Andrew. His brother Michael was an unsuccessful candidate for an at-large City Council seat in 1993.[7]

In 2008, Travaglini spent $30,000 on an oil-on-canvas portrait by Boston-based artist Thomas Ouellette, which now hangs in the Senate Reading Room of the Massachusetts State House alongside former Senate Presidents such as Calvin Coolidge and Horace Mann. As of 2008, only eleven Senate Presidents have portraits in the State House.[8]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Lawyer seeks at-large City Council seat". The Boston Globe. April 24, 1993. p. 15. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Keller, Jon (March 2003). "The Godfathers". Boston Magazine.
  4. ^ Travaglini expected to resign tomorrow - The Boston Globe
  5. ^ "Executive Team". Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Howe, Peter J. (September 22, 1993). "Nucci, O'Neil finish 1-2 in unofficial tally Unofficial results have Iannella 3d". The Boston Globe. p. 20. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via
  8. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Birmingham
President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Therese Murray
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