Thomas J. Calter 186th (2009 - 2010) Representative

D Kingston
Thomas J. Calter


State House
Room 443
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2460
Fax: 617-722-2598
District Office
Phone: 508-732-0034
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
H.266 HD989 For legislation to further regulate the practice of psychotherapy
S.366 SD1952 For legislation to regulate the use of off highway and recreation vehicles
H.375 HD1737 Relative to mandating a curriculum in the public schools on personal financial literacy
H.376 HD1781 For legislation to provide limited public forums for student expression of religious views at certain school events
H.537 HD620 Relative to dementia special care units in long term care facilities
H.544 HD3733 For the development and implemention of a statewide silver alert system to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens
H.551 HD3937 Relative to the annual street list for voters
H.622 HD2299 (by vote of the town) that the board of assessors of the town of Duxbury be authorized to assess certain tax betterments relative to funding for the repair of seawalls in the Gurnet Road area of said town
H.624 HD238 For legislation to allow the non-profit corporation Home of the Brave, Inc., to construct and operate public homes for veterans
S.640 SD427 For legislation relative to ilegal immigrants and publicly subsidized J28.
H.663 HD3339 Relative to establishing identification requirements for voters who registered to vote by mail
H.757 HD3093 For legislation to promote safe alternatives to toxic chemicals
S.783 SD970 For legislation relative to community planning
H.834 HD3214 Relative to establishing standards for restoring and maintaining stream flows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that protect natural aquatic life in rivers and streams
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
H.932 HD3447 That health insurance policies be required to provide coverage for the treatment of children with cleft lips and palates
H.1084 HD1227 That the Secretary for Administration and Finance and the Secretary of Health and Human Services implement a health reform employer responsibility revenue program
H.1102 HD2095 For legislation to establish a division of health insurance under the supervision and control of the Commissioner of Health Insurance
H.1151 HD4403 For an investigation by the Executive Office of Transportation and the Turnpike Authority of the establishment of a fully-automated toll collection system
H.1192 HD1983 Relative to promoting local and regional low and moderate income housing
H.1335 HD340 Relative to the appointment of assistant clerks in the Third district court of Plymouth
S.1756 SD1240 For legislation relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
H.1785 HD3352 Relative to the determination of alimony payments
H.1815 HD1726 For legislation to require employers to grant paid sick leave days for employees in the Commonwealth
H.1958 HD3346 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of the intake procedures of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
S.2004 SD412 For legislation relative to the Massachusetts medal of sacrifice
H.2082 HD1731 Relative to the administering of controlled substances by physician assistants and nurse practitioners
S.2086 SD2135 (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the Department of Highways and the town of Kingston to exchnage certain parcels of land
S.2089 SD2127 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Kathleen Ginn, and employee of the Department of Mental Retardation
S.2139 SD2239 (by vote of the town) for legislation relative to a land acquisition fund in the town of Middleborough
H.2348 HD1766 Relative to the retirement classification of certain employees of the Plymouth Airport
H.2519 HD2015 Relative to authorizing the Plymouth County Contributory Retirement System to issue certain bonds and notes
H.2706 HD1387 For legislation to provide a tax exemption for certain persons distributing farm produce to needy persons
H.2712 HD2094 For legislation to provide a tax credit for expenditures on energy efficient technologies
H.2713 HD2160 For legislation to establish a tax and fee structure advisory commission
H.2866 HD970 Relative to abatements for certain disabled veterans
H.2873 HD2075 Relative to the sale or conversion of certain tax exempt property
H.2874 HD2081 Relative to tax exemptions for certain paraplegic veterans
H.2875 HD2092 Relative to certain real estate tax exemptions
H.2876 HD2099 Relative to the filing of tax abatement applications by persons claiming to represent taxpayers, tenants, or mortgage holders
H.2877 HD2113 Relative to providing for an expedited procedure relative to the abatement of certain taxes
H.2931 HD2147 Relative to making certain changes in the income tax laws
H.3129 HD3492 For an investigation by a special commission (including membes of the General Court) relative to reducing fuel costs of cities and towns
H.3205 HD2982 Relative to the notification and renewal of licenses and motor vehicle registrations by the Registry of Motor Vehicles
H.3587 HD2165 For legislation to establish a regionalization advisory commission
H.3596 HD1558 Relative to the monitoring of radiation levels from nuclear power plants by the Department of Public Health
H.3616 HD1744 That the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance be authorized to lease certain land in the town of Plymouth to Plimoth Plantation
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3912 HD900 Relative to the establishment of a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4068 HD3954 Relative to establishing and regulating resort-style casinos, gaming and entertainment in the Commonwealth
H.4258 HD3985 For legislation to establish a health care outreach and education unit within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4655 HD4980 (by vote of the town) that the town of Duxbury be authorized to assess betterments for certain seawall repair costs
H.4750 HD4572 Relative to the opening and closing of swimming pools under the jurisdication of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

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. He serves on four legislative committees: Global Warming and Climate Change, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies; and the Joint 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 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 has been married to his wife Patty for over 30 years. Together they have 3 adult children: Ryan, Kerri, and Patrick, and 4 grandchildren, Lucas, Parker, Jack and Brody. The Calter family has called Kingston home for over 25 years.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator, Business Consultant, Executive Coach
Spouse: Patty Calter
Children: 3
Grandchildren: 4
Interests: 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
Twelfth Plymouth, Consisting of Duxbury: Precinct 1; Halifax; Kingston; Middleborough: Precinct 1; Plymouth: Precincts 1, 11, 13; Plympton