LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
THOMAS A. GOLDEN, JR.
University of Massachusetts Lowell - M.B.A., Dec. 2001
University of Massachusetts Lowell – B/S Business Administration, Dec. 1993
Massachusetts Licensed Realtor
Massachusetts Licensed Auctioneer
Tom currently serves as State Representative for the 16th Middlesex District which includes Lowell and Chelmsford. In February 2015 he was appointed as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy.
During his tenure as Chairman, Tom has worked with his colleagues on the Joint Committee to successfully pass An Act Relative to Solar Energy, which Governor Baker signed into law on April 11th, 2016, that increased solar deployment and contained costs. He and his colleagues also pushed An Act Relative to Energy Diversity to its final passage. The bill, which became law on August 8th, 2016, established the framework for the largest procurement of clean energy resources in the history of the Commonwealth, including 1600 megawatts of offshore wind and 1200 megawatts of large-scale hydropower.
As Chairman, Tom has continued to seek bold legislative steps, collaborating with his colleagues to pass An Act to Advance Clean Energy, signed into law on August 9th, 2018. The bill prevents complicated fees from being levied on solar power users, establishes a state energy storage target of 1,000 megawatt hours, requires storage plans to increase grid resiliency, and creates a first-in-the-nation Clean Peak Standard program to pair energy storage with solar and other clean energy resources. It also doubles the RPS increase in Massachusetts through 2029 and authorizes an additional 1600 megawatts of offshore wind.
As a State Representative, Tom has worked on a number of significant projects that have helped revitalize the Greater Lowell Area, such as the Bellegarde Boat House/Rourke Boat Ramp, the UMass Lowell Student Recreation Center, the UMass Lowell Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, and the Route 3 expansion. He also helped recapitalize a $15 million fund to clean up 27 Katrina Road in Chelmsford.
Tom and the Lowell delegation have worked tirelessly for a decade plus to see the Lowell Judicial Center become a reality. They successfully petitioned Governor Baker for state funds for the project, which began construction in September 2016.
Tom is a strong advocate for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. He has filed legislation to achieve parity for providing coverage of expenses for mental health and substance abuse treatments similar to all other medical conditions. He supports raising awareness in the community regarding the dangers of opioid addiction. Tom also pushed for state funding to reopen the formerly closed Tewksbury Detox Center and secured funding for the Greater Lowell Health Alliance to provide opiate and substance abuse services.
Tom continues to work in conjunction with the House Committee on Education and Joint Committee on Ways & Means to elevate Local Aid and Chapter 70 funding to the communities he represents.
On a community level, Tom serves as the Chair of the Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau and is on the Board with the D’Youville Foundation. He is a partner of a property management company and also works in real estate investment sales in Merrimack Valley. Further, Tom is a licensed auctioneer and donates his auctioneering skills to charity events.
Tom graduated from Lowell High School in 1989 and had the honor of being named a Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni in 2017. He has been a lifelong resident of Lowell and resides in Centralville with his wife Joane and daughters Abby and Lilly.
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Published on Jun 5, 2017
State Rep. Tom Golden, chairman of the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitor Bureau's executive board, on the purpose and impact of the CVB