James M. Cantwell Representative

D Marshfield
James M. Cantwell


State House
Room 22
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2140
Fax: 617-626-0835
Email: James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov
District Office
988 Plain Street
Marshfield, MA 02050
Bill Docket Bill Title
HD45 Relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
HD63 For legislation to designate the month of October as Farm to School Month in the Commonwealth and to strategize opportunities to spread farm-to-school programs statewide
HD72 Relative to improving procurement procedures to assure opportunities for students with disabilities
HD88 For legislation to prevent the automatic signing up of consumers for products or services
HD89 Relative to deductible rates set by the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association for damages caused by windstorms or hail
HD93 Relative to criminal offender record information
HD124 Relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court
HD159 Relative to increasing the fine for harming police dogs or horses
HD160 Relative to the procurement of products or services by state agencies or authorities
SD180 For legislation relative to youth sports referees.
SD187 For legislation relative to police pursuits
SD188 Relative to repealing the sales tax on the sale of boats built or rebuilt in the Commonwealth
SD190 For legislation relative to the treatment of elephants
HD233 Relative to filing fees for limited liability companies
HD234 Relative to the sales tax on mobile telecommunications devices
HD235 Relative to tax abatements for disabled veterans
HD238 Relative to recidivism reducing program reporting by the Department of Correction
SD269 For legislation to provide access to full spectrum addiction treatment services
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
SD317 For legislation to promote the planning and development of sustainable communities
HD343 Relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
HD352 For legislation to establish in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services a Massachusetts Alzheimer’s project
HD389 For legislation to establish a double pole advisory council to recommend rules and regulations to reduce the use of double utility poles
HD390 For legislation to regulate the powers of tree wardens in municipalities in the Commonwealth
SD456 For legislation relative to prescription monitoring of certain commonly abused drugs.
SD463 For legislation relative to police training.
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
HD496 For legislation to provide for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
HD520 Relative to a sales tax exemption for the sale of used books and other items sold by libraries for fundraising purposes
SD548 For legislation relative to chronic care coordination
HD594 Relative to the restoration of oral health benefits for MassHealth recipients
HD595 Relative to common summary of payments forms for health care services
SD651 For legislation to provide Gold Star license plates to families of fallen veterans not killed in combat.
SD661 For legislation relative to 40B projects built near wetlands.
HD664 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) on institutional long term care
HD665 For legislation to establish a citizens' initiative review commission to review initiative or referendum petitions to be voted on at general elections
HD677 For legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity
HD678 Relative to the maximum number of patients assigned to a registered nurses or hospital care attendants
HD680 For an the establishment of a special commission (including members of the General Court) on local and regional public health
HD682 Relative to liability for the medical costs incurred by public health volunteer responders
HD695 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to vacancies in the office of Governor or Lieutenant-Governor
SD753 For legislation relative to police pursuits in the Commonwealth
HD755 For legislation to provide four additional assistant clerks in Plymouth County
HD763 Relative to health clubs and the use and deployment of defibrillators
SD765 For legislation relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
SD808 For legislation relative to preventing adolescent substance abuse by expanding SBIRT
HD834 For legislation to assist people with disabilities in realizing their rights and exercising their responsibilities
HD852 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to increasing voter participation in primary elections
HD853 Relative to providing disclosure of political phone calls
HD867 Relative to expanding access and safety of mental health services
HD870 Relative to public health dental hygienists
SD877 For legislation relative to the illegal occupation of a building
HD930 Relative to the disclosure of information of public school athletic resources and interscholastic athletic authorized representatives
HD945 For legislation to establish a rare disease advisory council
SD955 Relative to mandating a curriculum in the public schools on personal financial literacy
SD965 For legislation relative to establishing standards for restoring and maintaining streamflows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that protect natural aquatic life in rivers and streams
SD1017 For legislation to transfer funding for recovery high school summer programming
HD1027 For legislation to provide equal access to evaluations for children with disabilities
SD1042 For legislation to enhance the management of problem wildlife.
HD1044 Relative to the periodic inspections of elevators and lifts
SD1094 For legislation relative to Huntington's Disease
HD1107 For legislation to compare total health care spending with projected single payer health care system spending
HD1119 For legislation to establish a student loan repayment pilot program to be administered by the Board of Higher Education for licensed social workers
HD1129 Relative to turnaround plans for underperforming schools
SD1131 For legislation to create patient choice and education in the dispensing of opiate drugs.
HD1173 Relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas
SD1174 For legislation to establish a permanent annual sales tax holiday
HD1183 Relative to the sale of alcohol on Sundays
SD1200 For legislation relative to modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors
HD1225 For legislation to require that assault and battery of a police officer responding to criminal activity be prosecuted as a felony
HD1234 Relative to tax havens
HD1322 For legislation to exempt employees of a public school districts from fees associated with background checks
HD1323 Relative to confining animals in a motor vehicle
HD1336 Relative to the use of electronic poll books
HD1371 For legislation to impose a penalty for the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs
HD1375 Relative to motor vehicle opeators leaving the scene of a collision
SD1401 An Act further defining the role of school resource officers
HD1426 Relative to borrowing by municipalities
HD1435 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to state and local services provided to veterans
HD1437 Relative to streamlining municipal finance
HD1469 Relative to the designation of caregivers by certain patients
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
SD1504 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor setting apart the month of May as Aviation Awareness Month.
HD1505 Relative to gas leak repairs during road projects
HD1519 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor setting aside the month of May as the official month of kindness
HD1521 For legislation to establish a penalty for the mistreatment of elephants
HD1526 Relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
HD1599 Relative to dropout prevention and recovery
HD1600 For legislation to expand the sale of products by farmer breweries
HD1610 For legislation to require businesses offering travel services to provide consumers with health and safety information relative to international destinations
SD1638 For legislation to support commercial fishing.
SD1650 For legislation relative to high volume and high risk prescriptions
SD1652 For legislation relative to deeds excise receipts
HD1675 Relative to penalties for impeding or disrupting a public way
SD1739 For legislation relative to responsible stewardship by drug manufacturers.
SD1742 For legislation to promote motor vehicle safety.
HD1753 Relative to homeowners insurance rate filings that include charges for expected hurricane losses or catastrophes
HD1754 For legislation to authorize the Department of Public Health to enhance radiological air monitoring through an additional assessment to certain power plants
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
SD1765 For legislation to clarify procedures for the custodial protection by law enforcement and court officials of a child requiring assistance.
SD1766 For legislation relative to naming the Plymouth Trial Court in honor of Senate President Therese Murray.
HD1767 For legislation to increase power plant safety preparedness by the Department of Public Health to twenty miles
SD1767 Relative to the establishment of a county stabilization fund.
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
SD1783 For legislation to promote awareness of safe recreation in public waterways.
HD1796 Relative to improving the apprehension of drunk drivers and other law violators
HD1797 Relative to providing protection against compelled disclosure of certain information by members of the news media
HD1809 For legislation to classify NBOMe as a controlled substance and establishing the penalty of the illegal possession of said substance
HD1819 Relative to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund Board of Directors
HD1840 For legislation to establish an interagency child abuse and neglect prevention task force
HD1846 For legislation to regulate sex offender registration in the 21st century
SD1847 For legislation to enhance the license plate system of the Commonwealth
HD1849 For legislation relative to juvenile intimidation of witnesses, jurors and persons furnishing information in connection with criminal proceedings
HD1889 For legislation to prohibits discrimination against veterans in employment decisions
HD1899 For the establishment of a special commission on the eye care and vision health needs of the Commonwealth
HD1919 Relative to establishing a behavioral health workforce development trust fund
HD1988 For the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United States to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider amendments to the Constitution to limit the influence of money in our political system
HD1991 Relative to penalties for the unauthorized sale of veterans' grave markers
HD1995 Relative to rates of compensation payable to counsel
HD1998 For legislation to prohibit insurance companies from denying policies for innocent spouses of criminals
HD2015 For legislation to prohibit the sale to minors of electronic devices used to deliver liquid nicotine vapor
HD2064 For legislation relative to victims rights
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2086 Relative to accountability for certain corporate political activities
HD2089 For legislation to promote the use of restorative justice practices
HD2094 For legislation to establish a pilot program for adults with Asperger syndrome and autism
HD2099 For legislation to increase the penalties for hit and run motor vehicle accidents
HD2111 Relative to disclosures by individuals or entities making independent expenditures for electioneering communications
HD2115 Relative to the training of persons supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
HD2122 Relative to criminal history checks and supervision of minor employees of certain ice cream truck vendors
HD2125 Relative to probation officer warrant procedures
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2127 Relative to requiring owners of commercial vehicles and taxicabs to maintain a certain amount of liability insurance
HD2134 Relative to the definition of Autism in the childrens Autism Medicaid waiver
HD2155 Relative to public health, substance abuse, treatment and opioids and accessible substance abuse treatment for all
HD2164 For legislation to authorize the installation and operate digital video violation detection monitoring systems to detect drivers failing to stop for school buses
HD2189 An Act relative to Puppy Mills
HD2231 For legislation to provide insurance coverage for the use of electronic tracking devices to protect the safety of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Alzheimer's Disease.
HD2284 That plaintiffs who have filed five or more unsuccessful petitions in the past seven years be classified as vexatious litigants
HD2293 Relative to information included with municipal tax bills
HD2297 Relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage
HD2308 For legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles.
HD2310 For legislation to authorize municipalities to reduce the real property tax obligations of persons over the age of sixty in exchange for volunteer service
HD2319 Relative to student safety
HD2323 For legislation to establish a charter for the governance of Plymouth County
HD2330 For legislation to authorize income tax filers to make voluntary contributions to the Massachusetts Cultural Development Fund on their annual income tax returns
HD2332 For legislation to limit the time that former employees must wait before being employed by a competitor
HD2368 Relative to access to child and adolescent mental health services
HD2392 Relative to improving disclosure of electioneering communications reports
HD2433 For legislation to further define standards of employee safety
HD2436 Relative to sexual health education
HD2456 Relative to stabilizing the Commonwealth’s nursing facilities
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2540 For legislation to increase the share of courses taught by full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty
HD2568 For legislation to establish a sustainable water resource fund to mitigate water shortages
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2802 Relative to pay equity
HD2803 Relative to funding the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Trust Fund
HD2938 An Act providing for a donation check-off box on state tax returns for the Massachusetts Youth in Government program
HD2941 Relative to certified professional midwives
HD2948 For legislation to further regulate the sale of tobacco products to teenagers
HD2975 Relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
HD2990 For legislation to develop science-based stream-flow standards
HD3073 Relative to the installation of live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring systems
HD3098 That the the Department of Transportation assess the current status of the transportation system of the Commonwealth
HD3215 Relative to enhancing consumer protection and transparency under the social work licensing law
HD3241 Relative to electronic prescribing of opiates and other controlled substances
HD3343 For legislation to mandate health insurance coverage for certain brain injury rehabilitation
HD3364 For legislation to provide a waiver of fees to veterans at public institutions of higher learning
HD3439 Relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee on Public Counsel Services
HD3449 For legislation to designate June sixteenth as domestic workers’ rights day
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games

Jim Cantwell, 44, is a Marshfield native and life-long resident of the South Shore. Jim and his wife, Jennifer, are proud parents of a son, Christopher, who attends Marshfield public schools.

Jim's passion for public service was sparked a quarter century ago while a sophomore at Marshfield High School. Alarmed at reports of water contamination near his Webster Street neighborhood, Jim joined a grass-roots effort to force a developer to remove piping lined with cancer-causing TCE chemicals.

In college, Jim spearheaded an effort to prevent the historic Daniel Webster estate from being demolished in favor of a high-density condominium development. Jim formed the Daniel Webster Preservation Trust, a grass-roots organization that stopped the proposed development and successfully advocated for the purchase of the historic estate. Jim's crusade with many other community leaders was featured on Bob Villa's "Restore America" Series.

As a Selectman in the town of Marshfield, Jim was known as a consensus builder who helped bring people together to advocate for a much-needed school expansion, infrastructure improvements, sea wall repairs, public safety services and expanded Senior Services, while keeping within the fiscal restraints of Proposition 2 1/2 for all operating budgets.

As an Assistant District Attorney, Jim was an original co-coordinator of the Norfolk County Juvenile Justice Unit, a now model program that prosecutes the most dangerous youthful offenders as adults, while working to prevent juvenile crime through a partnership with school, police and community organizations. In his three years as an Assistant D.A. Jim also served as a lead prosecutor in the nationally recognized Domestic Violence Prevention program. He has been appointed a Special Prosecutor for Suffolk County twice .

Following his service in the D.A.'s office, Jim joined the staff of U. S. Congressman William Delahunt, where he worked to expose the high cost of pharmaceutical drugs for senior citizens and tackled coastline and seawall issues.

As the co-owner and partner of Graeber, Davis and Cantwell, a small general-practice law firm with fourteen employees, Jim understands the many challenges facing small businesses, and has brought some significant business experience to Beacon Hill.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator; Small Business Owner
Spouse: Jennifer
Children: 1

Career Highlights

  • Created a Seafood Commission to assist Massachusetts Seafood Industry
  • Lead sponsor of legislation to assist coastal communities in making repairs for seawalls
  • Worked for enactment of legislation to provide relief to small businesses for health
  • Successfully promoted passage of a landmark Economic Development bill; Secured funding for Rte 139 expansion and improvements

Education & Public Service

  • Boston College Law School 1994
  • Boston College 1988
  • University of Paris 1987
  • Marshfield Public Schools 1984
  • Elected to Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2008-present
  • Attorney on staff of U.S. Representative William Delahunt 1998-2000
  • Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County 1995-1998
  • Selectman, Town of Marshfield 1996-1999
Fourth Plymouth, Consisting of Marshfield; Scituate: Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.

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