Tom was first elected to serve the citizens of the 93rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During his first term in office, He was elected to the House Leadership team as Majority Caucus Vice-Chair, and was the ranking Vice-Chair of the Insurance committee.
Tom won his re-election in 2014 by over 21%, garnering 56% of the vote, despite a three-way race. Shortly thereafter, his colleagues elected him to serve as second-in-line in House leadership as the Speaker Pro-Tempore. Tom also serves as Chair of the House Insurance Committee.
In September of 2013, Tom was honored to be selected as one of the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) “10 under 40” rising conservative leaders from across the country. He was given the opportunity to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in St. Louis, Missouri along with the likes of Governor Rick Perry and Senator Rick Santorum. You can listen to Tom’s speech here.
Since taking office, Tom has been a strong advocate for public safety and victims’ rights; particularly reforming laws to protect the elderly. The first bill he introduced increased penalties against those that embezzle funds from vulnerable adults. The legislation passed the legislature and Governor Snyder signed it into law in May of 2013. Other legislation Tom has sponsored includes protections for victims’ families entitled to restitution, as well as children who are preyed upon by sexual predators.
Prior to elected office, Tom served as an Assistant Attorney General, and as a prosecutor for Genesee County, where he prosecuted some of Michigan’s most dangerous criminals while assigned to the Special Crimes Division in Flint.
Tom and his wife Jenell live in DeWitt Charter Township and are expecting their first child in September. They both serve in the St. John’s Kiwanis club. Tom is also a member of the DeWitt Lions club, National Rifle Association and the Clinton County Farm Bureau.
Tom received his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law and was the Graduating Class President. He also received the Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship which is annually awarded to the student that most exemplifies the Rules of Professional Conduct by treating others with courtesy and respect.
Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
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