|President of the Massachusetts Senate|
January 1, 2003 - March 19, 2007
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate |
from Middlesex and Suffolk 1st district
|Michael LoPresti Jr.|
|Majority Whip for the Massachusetts Senate|
|Boston City Councilor from District 1|
|Diane J. Modica|
|Born||July 20, 1952|
|Spouse(s)||Kelly (née Holtz)|
|Children||Taylor, Jennifer, and Andrew|
|Alma mater||Boston State College|
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 to 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 1983 election for the Boston City Council. He was elected as the councilor for District 1, and was subsequently re-elected to four two-year terms. In November 1992, Travaglini was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, and served both as a state senator and city council member during 1993.
In 1999, Travaglini moved up in rank to Majority Whip of the Senate. He 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.
Travaglini, a longtime resident of East Boston, now resides in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He is married to Kelly (née Holtz) and has three children, Taylor, Jennifer, and Andrew. His brother Michael was an unsuccessful candidate for an at-large City Council seat in 1993.
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. As of 2008, only eleven Senate Presidents have portraits in the State House.