Tom has served as the Illinois State Representative for the 106th Representative District since 2015 and serves all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Woodford, Vermilion and Ford Counties. His district consists of approximately 108,000 people living in about 60 villages, towns and communities. The district has important manufacturing through such major corporations as Caterpillar and Dupont. There are over 30 K-12 and K-8 school districts in the 106th. People have access to five community colleges that are within 45 minutes. Both the University of Illinois and Illinois State University are just on the outskirts of the south and western parts of the district. Small business and agriculture are keys to our area’s growth and prosperity. A number of residents work at the Correctional Centers in Pontiac and Danville.
Tom was the fourth of five children raised on a small farm near Gibson City. His father fought in World War II in the Pacific and became a farmer after the war. His mother went to Illinois State University, and her first job was teaching in a one-room country school house. Mom and dad stressed that education was key to our future and all five children went to college.
Tom taught high school science in the Melvin-Sibley School District for seven years and then worked as a manager, computer software developer and trainer at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington for the next 30 years. Tom has a BS in Education, a BS in Applied Computer Science, an MBA, and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Tom and wife Kathy have two grown children and four grandchildren.
He values education, supports economic development and business growth, and supports the 2nd Amendment. He believes that we need to live within our means and provide the environment that will help each individual reach their goals and dreams.
Being an American is not easy. In many ways, our country has always struggled but it has also grown from these struggles. Americans have always had different views, agendas and goals on how things should be done. Despite these challenges, we have progressed through over 200 years to where we are today. We have reshaped our country and our economy a number of times to fit the needs of the time. We are continuing to change today. May God Bless America and God Bless Illinois!