arren Tolman grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. His father David, served in the Navy during WWII and worked as a railroad conductor for 40 years. Warren’s mother Marie, worked part-time as a telephone operator while taking care of her 8 children. For a time, the Tolman family lived in a federal housing project.
Tolman served as State Senator and State Representative in the Massachusetts Legislature from 1991 to 1999 where he fought the tobacco industry, led the fight for clean elections laws, championed environmental protection, and stood up for working families. The 7th of 8 children, Tolman was the first member of his family to graduate from college earning a degree in economics from Amherst College and a law degree from Boston College.
In 1998, Tolman was the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor in the closest governor’s race in the country. And in 2002 he ran for the Democratic Nomination for Governor. He made Massachusetts’s history by running as the first “clean elections” candidate under public financing in the Commonwealth. He has spent the last decade as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Holland and Knight and has also taught at Boston College Law School and Northeastern University School of Law. Tolman, 54, currently lives in Watertown with his wife Carolyn. They have three children: Andrew, Katherine, and Julia.