He was born in L'Etete, New Brunswick, the son of James N. Tucker, and educated at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Bridgeport. Tucker was a teacher, guidance counsellor and high school principal. In 1958, he married Anna Mae Hooper. Tucker was first elected in an 1972 by-election held after the death of John Rigby. He served as speaker for the provincial assembly from 1981 to 1985. Tucker was named Minister of Fisheries in 1985. He was defeated by Eric Allaby when he ran for reelection in 1987.