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Warren Tolman


Warren Tolman

Warren Tolman
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the Middlesex and Suffolk district
In office
Preceded by Michael J. Barrett
Succeeded by Steven Tolman
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 32nd Middlesex district
In office
Preceded by John C. Bartley
Succeeded by Rachel Kaprielian
Personal details
Born (1959-10-23) October 23, 1959 (age 54)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carolyn Tolman
Residence Watertown, Massachusetts
Alma mater Amherst College
Boston College Law School
Occupation Attorney

Warren E. Tolman (born October 23, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts[1]) is a Massachusetts lawyer and former member of the Massachusetts General Court, serving in both of the Court's houses. He was a candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, but lost the race for the Democratic nomination to Shannon O'Brien.

Legal and political career

Tolman attended Amherst College and Boston College Law School, working in the interim as a United Parcel Service driver.[2] He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1990 and the Massachusetts Senate in 1994. During his time in the Court, Tolman became known for his criticism of the Big Dig and his conflicts with House Speaker Thomas Finneran.[2] In 1998, Tolman ran for lieutenant governor as the running-mate of Democratic nominee Scott Harshbarger. Though Harshbarger lost to Republican Paul Cellucci, Tolman was cited as an asset to his campaign.[3]

After his political career, he became an Of Counsel for Holland & Knight.[4] He has argued in court for reforms of the indigent defense law in Massachusetts.[5] He appears every Thursday as a political pundit on the Fox 25 Morning News.[6]

2002 gubernatorial election

Tolman ran for governor in 2002 on a platform that included reform of the Big Dig project and a single-payer state health care program.[2] However, he attracted the most attention for his efforts in regard to Massachusetts's Clean Elections law, which had previously been passed and not funded. Tolman was a plaintiff on a lawsuit, ultimately successful, to force the state to provide funding under the law. In order to be eligible for public campaign financing in case the law passed, he abided by its mandates even before it was technically in place, limiting individual campaign contributions to no more than $100.[7] He had previously supported the law as a senator.[2] It was eventually repealed. Tolman has since ascribed some of his electoral difficulties to the delay in funding.[8]

Personal life

Tolman attended public schools in Watertown, Massachusetts, including Watertown High School.[2] He is married to fellow Watertown native Carolyn Tolman; they have three children.[2] Former Massachusetts State Senator and current Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman is his brother.[9]


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