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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Thomas J. Calter Served 2007 - 2018 Democrat - 12th Plymouth

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State House

24 Beacon St.
Room 446
Boston, MA, 02133

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 sixth term in office. He serves on four legislative committees: the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, the Joint Committee on Export Development, the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and the House Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs-- areas in which he is able to bring his experience from a long career in business management and leadership to the discussions.

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 eight Substance Abuse Awareness programs for parents and students in Plymouth County and has plans continue with more.

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. He currently serves on the Kingston Rent Control Board.

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.

Personal Information


Legislator, Business Consultant, Executive Coach





  • Reading, Fitness, Executive Coaching

Career Highlights

  • For over 25 years, Tom served as the Senior VP of a publicly traded company, CEO of the fastest privately held environmental service company in New England (1996-2001), senior partner of RKP Capital Services, a business consulting firm he founded in 200
  • Active in Kingston Town government (Vice-Chairman of the Kingston Finance Committee and twice elected to the Silver Lake Regional School Committee.)

Education & Public Service

  • Northeastern University, M.B.A.
  • North Adams State College, B.A.
  • Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Mass. House of Representatives (2007-present)
  • Kingston Rent Control Board
  • Silver Lake Regional School Committee; Kingston Finance Committee
  • Kingston Democratic Town Committee; Plymouth County Democratic League