Working For You

Born in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Walter was raised in Milton, a town he continues to call home.  He witnessed first-hand as a small child his family’s civic duty and call to service in the community by watching his dad, Walter Jr., who served as a Town of Milton selectman and became the Norfolk County Superior Court Clerk. He also watched his uncle, Joe, a Boston City Councilor, where he served from 1967 to 1972, become elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1972, serving for 13 years.


Walter’s great-grandfather James P. Timilty was also a Massachusetts state senator from 1910 to 1916 and the namesake of the James P. Timilty Middle School in Boston.

What unique qualities and life experiences would you bring as a state senator?

“I’m very proud of my public service. To me, public service is a vocation. I bring those decades of legislation experience to the table. In this position, one has an ability to help people. In many ways, this job is akin to being a social worker because when people need help, they call you. I’ve never been in this for personal gain. I’m here to serve people in the truest sense of the word,” said Walter.

Hard work, dedication and experience has been the hallmark of Walter’s service to his district.

“It’s extremely important. We can’t afford on-the-job training. You need someone who knows how the legislative process works right off the bat. You need someone who knows elected officials. You need someone who focuses on the constituents, each person in each household. One can’t be focused on popular trends. One must listen to what the district is saying as a whole and do one’s best to vote in the legislature accordingly,” Walter added.

Walter has dedicated his life to public service. Public service and community engagement have been central values in his family for generations. Senator Timilty is immensely proud of this legacy and remains committed to fulfilling it by serving his constituents each and every day.

Walter graduated from Milton Academy in 1987 and from Boston College in 1991. He then obtained his Juris Doctor in 1995 from Southern New England School of Law.  Shortly after law school, Walter was elected as a Representative Town Meeting Member.

As a State Senator, Walter proudly serves as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public safety and Homeland Security, and the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.  In addition, he serves on the Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Joint Committee on Revenue, Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, and the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development

He is a full-time Senator working for the people in his district. You will see him at various Select Board or School Committee meetings in the towns he proudly serves, or you’ll see him at various farmer’s markets, charitable events, and fundraisers. He is regularly in the district with his constituents to stay connected to the people he serves. In addition to meeting in the district with constituents, Walter works for the people moving important legislation forward.

Learn more about Walter’s work in the State Senate here.