About

Josh S. Cutler is State Representative for the Sixth Plymouth District, comprising the towns of Pembroke, Duxbury (precincts 2-6) and Hanson. He is currently serving in his fourth term.

Josh currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. He is also a member of the Ways & Means Committee and the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee and the Higher Education Committee.

Currently, Josh is a partner at Coletta & Cutler LLC, a law practice based in Hanson. Before being elected to the legislature, Josh served as a newspaper editor and publisher for his third-generation family business. Prior to his newspaper career, Josh worked as an account executive for a high-tech public relations firm in Boston.

Josh spent his formative years in Duxbury and Marshfield. He later graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in political science and put himself through law school at night at Suffolk University Law School. More recently he completed his Master’s Degree in Public Policy (Environmental Policy concentration) from UMass-Dartmouth.

Josh served as an elected member of the Duxbury Planning Board from 2009 to 2013, and prior to that was a Selectman in the town of Hull. An active volunteer, Josh serves on the Board of Directors for the Duxbury Free Library, Inc., and the Hanson Kiwanis Foundation.

Josh is the author of Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812, published by History Press in 2019, and has also been published in the New England Journal of History.

Cutler’s family has deep South Shore roots. His mother, Suzanne, a Pembroke resident, is a former head of South Shore NOW and development director for the National Consumer Law Center. His step-mother, Catherine, is the reverend at First Parish Church in Duxbury. His late father, David, was the founder of Mariner Newspapers and a passionate advocate of veteran’s and conservation issues. The David S. Cutler Forest was dedicated in his memory by Duxbury voters in 2010.


Legislative Assignments

  • Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Ways & Means Committee
  • Telecommunication, Utilities & Energy Committee
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Coastal Caucus, House Chair
  • WorkAbility SubCommittee, Chair
  • Plymouth County Legislative Caucus, past Chair

Education

  • Skidmore College, B.A.
  • Suffolk Law, J.D.
  • UMass Dartmouth M.P.P (Environmental Policy)

Prior Public Service

  • Duxbury Alternative Energy Committee
  • Duxbury Planning Board
  • Duxbury War Memorial Committee
  • Duxbury Democratic Town Committee
  • Hull Board of Selectmen
  • Hull Democratic Town Committee, Chairman

Civic Activities

  • Hanson Kiwanis Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Duxbury Free Library, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Pembroke Chamber of Commerce, past Board member

Honors & Distinctions

  • Legislator of the Year, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, 2020
  • Legislator of the Year, Plymouth/Bristol Central Labor Council. 2019
  • Legislator of the Year, The ARC of Greater Plymouth County, 2018
  • Legislative Advocacy Award, Mass. Nurses Association, 2015
  • Fellow, Council of State Governments, Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy, 2013
  • President, Mass. House of Representatives, Legislative Class of 2013-14.
  • Top 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders, Plymouth & Cape Business Magazine, 2009
  • Golden Dozen Award, International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, 2009.