State House Bureau Chief

Frank Phillips

Frank Phillips is a veteran Massachusetts political journalist, having covered Massachusetts politics and state government for the Boston Globe since 1987. He has been at the center of most every major political story, campaign, and scandal in the last nearly four decades. He has written extensively about the careers of the state’s leading political figures, including John F. Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy, Paul Tsongas, Michael Dukakis, William F. Weld, Mitt Romney, Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. He has served as the chief of the Globe’s State House bureau since 1991.

He began his career at the Lowell Sun 48 years ago where he spent a decade covering city politics and working as an investigative reporter. He has also worked as a political reporter for the Boston Herald and the Boston Herald American.

Latest stories

Capital Source

When it comes to the Marathon finish line, it’s all about optics

By , Globe Staff

This week, when Dan Koh ran the Boston Marathon, he listed his address at his parents’ home in Andover. His wife? Not so much.

13 Democrats want to replace Niki Tsongas. One poll has the leader at 11%

By , Globe Staff

As expected in a race that has yet to capture much attention, a strong majority of likely Third Congressional District voters — 58 percent — said they are undecided.

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Charlie Baker defended Vertex’s high prices — a few weeks after his campaign cashed its checks

By , Globe Staff

Baker’s aides were quick to push back at any notion there was a line between the donations and his justifying the cost of Vertex’s drugs.

He left the GOP over Trump. Now he wants to be a senator, and he’s changed his tune

By , Globe Staff

John Kingston, who is facing faces an April 28 Republican convention to get on the primary ballot, tore up his party registration after Trump got the nomination in 2016.