(CNN) - The Massachusetts Republican state Senator who narrowly lost his bid last year to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney is planning another go at the state's sixth Congressional District.
In a statement, former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei announced Monday that he had filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an exploratory committee. It is the first step in preparation for a possible 2014 rematch for Tierney's seat in the U.S. House.
"We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America," Tisei said in the statement, blasting "the hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis."
Tisei is well positioned for a midterm House bid. In 2012, the 26-year veteran of the state legislature lost to scandal-plagued Tierney by 3,600 votes out of over 350,000 cast, according to unofficial results.
Last month a congressional ethics panel decided not to investigate allegations that Tierney failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of his wife's income.
If Tisei manages to beat out the nine-term Tierney, he would become the first Republican to win a congressional seat in Massachusetts since 1994.
–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.