Thomas R. Lussier, Administrator
He served as CPRS Chairman from 1999 to 2003. In his capacity as chairman, Mr. Lussier testified before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and has successfully urged Congress not to impose mandatory universal Social Security coverage.
In addition to his work on behalf of CPRS, The Lussier Group offers a full range of government-related consulting services and legislative representation primarily focused on public employee pension and health benefits. The firm is actively engaged in the management of national coalitions – including the Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable and CPRS.
Tom previously served as Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (MTRS). For nearly 19 years, he was responsible for the administration of retirement benefits for approximately 110,000 active and retired teachers and school administrators of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tom served as President of the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR) and represented NCTR on the Public Pension Coordinating Council (PPCC). He has been an instructor with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP™) in Employee Pensions and is a former member of the Foundation’s Public Employee Committee.
He has the distinction of being the youngest person elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives; he was first elected in 1977 at the age of nineteen. In 1976, Mr. Lussier was elected to the City Council in Pittsfield, MA.
Mr. Lussier is a past President of the National Preretirement Education Association, a former member of the Massachusetts Retirement Law Commission, and a former Trustee of the Methuen Contributory Retirement System in Methuen, MA.