Republican Dean Tran Flips Democrat Held State Senate Seat in Massachusetts



David James

Republican Dean Tran Flips Democrat Held State Senate Seat in Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5th, 2017) – Massachusetts state Senate candidate Dean Tran became the fourth Republican in 2017 to flip a state legislative seat previously held by a Democrat after his special election victory Tuesday evening. The Democratic presidential nominees have won the Worcester & Middlesex State Senate district by at least 5 percent in the past two presidential cycles.

In 2017, the RSLC has supported Jobs First PAC, a Massachusetts based independent expenditure PAC active in the race.

Republican State Leadership Committee President Matt Walter released the following statement upon Tran’s victory:

“Dean Tran’s victory tonight again shows that Republican candidates can be successful in traditionally blue states when they run on common-sense, fiscally-sound legislative solutions. With popular Governors like Charlie Baker, Republicans can continue to win tough races and flip legislative seats in states throughout the country.”

Dean Tran will become the only Vietnamese-American to serve in the Massachusetts legislature upon his swearing in. Tran and his family fled Vietnam as refugees when he was a child and legally immigrated to the United States in the 1980s.

Tran is the 11th new Republican candidate elected to state legislature in 2017 identified by the RSLC’s Future Majority Project or Right Women, Right Now Initiatives. Together, these programs seek to support female or minority Republican candidates who better reflect the growing diversity in the American electorate.

Tran’s victory makes this the fourth state legislative seat to flip from Democrat to Republican control this year. In late November, Mississippi Republican Neil Whaley won a special election to fill the remaining term of the former state Senate Democrat Minority leader. In November Republican Chris Brown defeated Democrat Colin Bell for a seat in the New Jersey Senate. The 2nd legislative district, previously held by a Democrat, voted for Hillary Clinton by a 12% margin in 2016 and for President Obama by a 20% margin in 2012. Earlier this year, Republicans also flipped control of Louisiana House District 42, a district that had been held by Democrats since at least 1972.


Note: According to Massachusetts Politico reporter Lauren Dezenski this seat had been held by a Democrat since the 1970s.