Josh Sumner Cutler is State Representative for the Sixth Plymouth District, which includes the towns of Pembroke, Duxbury (precincts 2-6) and Hanson. He is currently serving in his second term.
Josh, 45, is a Duxbury resident and South Shore native. He currently serves as a member of the following committees: Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets; and House Post Audit and Oversight.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Josh served as a newspaper editor and publisher for his third-generation family business. He also founded the Express Newspapers. During Josh's tenure the papers won more than two dozen major awards from the New England Press Association for everything from business, health and environmental reporting to general excellence. They were also honored by the National Newspaper Association for investigative reporting for a special series on a missing Hanson college student, and recognized for coverage of local efforts to launch a school for girls in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Prior to his newspaper career Josh worked as an account executive for a high-tech public relations firm in Boston, working with clients such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon and Cisco Systems. He also served as Legislative Aide in the Mass. House of Representatives, where he worked on regional government, health care reform and land conservation issues. Currently, Josh is a partner at Coletta & Cutler LLC, a law practice based in Hanson.
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. He recently completed his Master's Degree in Public Policy and Environmental Policy from UMass-Dartmouth.
Josh served as an elected member of the Duxbury Planning Board from 2009 to 2013, and prior to moving back to Duxbury was a Selectman in the town of Hull. He is currently a member of the Duxbury Democratic Town Committee, the Duxbury Alternative Energy Committee and the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce. An active volunteer, Josh serves on the Board of Directors for the Duxbury Free Library, Inc., and the Hanson Kiwanis Foundation.
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 to him by Duxbury voters in 2010.
THE CUTLER FILE
- Josh Sumner Cutler
- Duxbury, Mass.
- Skidmore College, B.A.
- Suffolk Law, J.D.
- UMass Dartmouth M.P.P.
- Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
- Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
- House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets
- House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight
Prior Work Experience
- Coletta & Cutler LLC, Partner
- Duxbury Clipper, Editor & Publisher
- Pet Gazette, Editor & Publisher
- Bridgeman Communications, Account Executive
- Mass House of Representatives, Legislative Aide
Prior Elective Office
- Board of Selectmen, Town of Hull
- Hull Democratic Town Committee, Chairman
- Planning Board, Town of Duxbury
- Hanson Kiwanis Foundation, Board of Directors
- Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, Board of Trustees
- Duxbury Free Library, Inc. Board of Directors
Honors & Distinctions
- 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
- New England Press Association, General Excellence, Editorial Writing, Environmental Reporting, Investigative Reporting, 2002-2008
- International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, Golden Dozen Award, 2009.
Josh's "maiden speech" on behalf of grant programs for senior citizens.