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 by Tom Birmingham
Succeeded by Therese Murray
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from Middlesex and Suffolk 1st district
In office
Preceded by Michael LoPresti, Jr.
Succeeded by Anthony Petruccelli
Majority Whip for the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Boston City Councilor from District 1
In office
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Diane Modica
Personal details
Born (1952-07-20) July 20, 1952 (age 64)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kelly (née Holtz)
Children Taylor, Jennifer, and Andrew
Alma mater Boston State College
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

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 1975-1981 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 1984 election for the Boston City Council. He was successfully nominated as Boston's District 9 City Councilor.[1] He served at this post until 1992, when he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate. In 1999, he moved up in rank to Majority Whip of the Senate.

Travaglini 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.[2]

He resigned from the Massachusetts Senate position on March 19, 2007 in order to start his own lobbying firm, Travaglini Eisenberg Kiley LLC.[3]


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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Travaglini a lifetime resident of East Boston, now resides in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He is married to Kelly (née Holtz) and has three children, Taylor, Jennifer, and Andrew.

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. Only eleven Senate Presidents have portraits in the State House.[5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Birmingham
President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Therese Murray