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

Top state Republican calls for end to neutrality in Baker primary

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House Minority Leader Brad Jones doesn’t want the party to assist antigay GOP candidate Scott Lively.

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Poll shows Charlie Baker, Republican, with high marks in Somerville (yes, Somerville)

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In one of country’s most liberal congressional districts, Baker clocks in at a 66 percent favorable, 18 percent unfavorable rating among respondents.

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GOP candidate wants payback from state party for supporting Baker

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Gadfly GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively sent the party’s executive director, Matthew St. Hilaire, a forceful letter this week.

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State Senator Mike Barrett of Lexington is diagnosed with rare form of leukemia

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“In terms of politics, for me nothing will change: I’ll be running for re-election in the fall,” Barrett said.