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Thomas Calter, III
Thomas Calter.jpg
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Plymouth
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Adams State College
Master'sNortheastern University
ProfessionBusiness Consultant/Executive Coach
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas J. Calter, III is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Twelfth Plymouth district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Calter has been Vice Chair of the Kingston Finance Committee and a member of the Kingston Democratic Town Committee.


Calter's professional experience includes working as a business consultant and executive coach.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Calter served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development and Small Business Joint
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint
Higher Education Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Calter served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Calter served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Calter's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "I have built businesses and created good jobs for more than 25 years. I have learned that economic expansion cannot occur without economic justice for all."

Tax Policy

  • Excerpt: "I support tax policies that are fair, generate the revenue needed to pay for those services provided to our citizens, and promote economic development."

Children and Families

  • Excerpt: "I am a passionate advocate for the vital needs of all children and for the preservation of the family unit."

Education K-12

  • Excerpt: "The children of the Commonwealth are our most precious assets and it is our moral duty to provide them with the best education we can afford. The quality of public school education today will directly influence the health of the economy tomorrow."

Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "Recognizing that affordability is a key element of the public higher education model, I support capping tuition and fees at the inflation rate and increasing financial aid to students."



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Thomas Calter, III was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Calter also won the Republican nomination through write-in votes.[3]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Calter won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Plymouth District. Calter was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Debra Betz in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Plymouth District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Calter, III Incumbent 62.5% 13,436
     Republican Debra Betz 37.5% 8,053
Total Votes 21,489


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Calter won re-election to the Plymouth seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Joseph Truschelli (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Twelfth Plymouth District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Calter, III (D) 10,107
Joseph Truschelli (R) 8,421


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Calter won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Plymouth, unopposed.[7]

Calter raised $59,213 for his campaign.[8]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Twelfth Plymouth (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas J. Calter III (D) 17,032
All Others 145
Blanks 7,455

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Calter received $111,748 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[9]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Calter, III's campaign in 2010
Calter Iii, Thomas J$5,852
Massachusetts Democratic Party$4,500
Jannetty, Louis M$1,000
Jannetty, Joseph C$1,000
Harold, Joseph$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $111,748


Calter raised $59,213 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[10]

Donor Amount
Tom Calter $11,393
Thomas J. Calter III $1,365
Eastern Massachusetts Bricklayers & Allied Craftsworkers $1,000
Ironworkers Local 7 $1,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 $950


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Calter and his wife, Patty, have three children. He has been involved with the Plymouth County Democratic League, Silver Lake Regional School Committee, Jones River Watershed Association, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, PACTV Board of Directors, and the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.[11]

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