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.

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Top Democrat declines to run for Tsongas seat in Lowell

By , Globe Staff

“I really like the Senate and I think I can best serve my district by remaining in my position there,’’ State Senator Eileen Donoghue said.

Candidate — oops! — claims Baker’s support

By , Globe Staff

Governor Charlie Baker has pledged neutrality in the 2018 GOP Senate primary, trying to walk a fine line among the various state GOP ideological camps as he gets set to seek another term next year.

Libertarian Bill Weld will head up a fund-raising event . . . for the GOP

By , Globe Staff

The former Massachusetts governor is returning to his roots — at least temporarily.


Sandy Tennant is raising money for a US Senate candidate. Remember him?

By , Globe Staff

Tennant, whom Charlie Baker once removed as a fund raiser because of his raffish reputation, is hosting a fund raising event for Beth Lindstrom at his Swampscott home Wednesday night.