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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Althea Garrison might have just doubled her chances of getting on the City Council

By , Globe Staff

The long trek back from political gadfly to elected office just might be in the cards for Althea Garrison.

Senate candidate spent $30,000 just on catering for campaign kick-off

By , Globe Staff

Such introductory events are typically bare bones, but Republican John Kingston’s October event was top shelf.

State GOP scraps neutrality rule for governor’s race

By , Globe Staff

The resolution approved by the party’s 22-member executive committee also prohibited it from providing any assistance to GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively, a pastor who embraces anti-gay views in his writings and work.

Top state Republican calls for end to neutrality in Baker primary

By , Globe Staff

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