State Representative Thomas J. Calter was sworn into office on January 6, 2007 and proudly represents constituents in his home town of Kingston, as well as Plymouth, Duxbury, Halifax, Plympton and Middleboro. Tom is currently serving his fifth term in office. In his previous term, he served on the Joint Committee on Higher Education, the Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies; and the Committee on Community Development & Small Business -- areas in which he is able to bring his experience from a long career in business management and leadership to the discussions. Tom's commitment to his constituents is demonstrated, in part, by a near-perfect voting record over 10 years that has been called one of the most independent voting records in the House.
Tom has been a tireless advocate for the issues that improve the quality of life in the 12th Plymouth District and has fought hard for the needs of children, seniors, and veterans in Massachusetts. He has often stood alone in pursuit of laws that promote reform, transparency, and good government. He believes that everyone is entitled to a good job and sees it as government's responsibility to create an economic environment where businesses can grow and where working men and women benefit.
Since 2013, he has become a leading advocate in the legislature for raising awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and the Commonwealth's growing heroin and opiate epidemic. He has presented over a dozen Substance Abuse Awareness programs for parents and students in Plymouth County and has helped several communities launch coalitions to combat the problem. He has also been a vocal advocate for the City of Brockton to change and improve their water management practices in order to restore water quality to Monponsett Pond and Silver Lake. In 2014, he helped to resurrect the Central Plymouth County Water District Commission to lead the charge in instituting necessary change to protect these precious natural resources.
Tom Calter is a career businessman who holds an MBA from Northeastern University. Tom has spent the majority of his career in the environmental services industry. As a young man, he began as a laborer responding to oil spills, cleaning oil tanks, and remediating hazardous waste sites, often under difficult and dangerous conditions. He put himself through North Adams State College and after graduating, embarked on his career in business management. He has acquired, built, or reorganized more than a dozen companies in his 30 year career. He has created hundreds of jobs during that period and has proudly worked to improve wages, working conditions, and safety standards for working men and women.
Tom understands the challenges of small and large businesses. He continues to serve as an executive coach assisting established business leaders who are looking to take their careers to the next level. Tom offers valuable life and business experiences, guiding principles, and leadership skills that have proven beneficial to managers and leaders across New England.
Prior to joining the legislature, Representative Calter served his community as a member of the Kingston Finance Committee, a member of the Silver Lake Regional School Committee, and as Chairman of the Kingston Town Democratic Committee.
Tom is the fourth of six children of the late Tom and Kay Calter. His dad was a carpenter and his mother a cook. Tom, his brother and four sisters were raised in the small town of Avon, Massachusetts where Tom played hockey and baseball. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School and received his Bachelors Degree from North Adams State College, where he was captain of the boxing team.
Tom is the proud father of three adult children and loves spending time with his five grandsons. He has been a resident of Kingston for over 26 years.
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