Having lived in its central, northern and southern areas, Tom is no stranger to the new District 64. His family moved to Princeton when he was two years old, and he is a 1982 graduate of Princeton Community High School. Like many Princeton boys, Tom sacked groceries at Gaston’s IGA and sold firearms and sporting goods at William’s Shoe Hospital.
After Tom earned an engineering degree from Purdue, he married his wife Lynne and taught electronics at Vincennes University before heading off to law school at the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Upon completing a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis, Tom and his growing family returned to Vincennes, where he practiced law in the Hart Bell law firm.
In 1995, Tom joined the Washington, DC, staff of Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, eventually becoming Chief of Staff. In 2001, he left Capitol Hill and joined the staff of the Home School Legal Defense Association, where he defended the rights of parents to educate their children at home if they chose to do so. He later served as Indiana Congressman Mike Sodrel’s Chief of Staff and on the staff of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan. In 2007, Tom accepted a position with Old National Bancorp in Evansville, and settled his family near Darmstadt in rural northern Vanderburgh County.
Tom and Lynne have been married for twenty-five years and have five children. A Christian, he is active with a church planting effort of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Tom is an Eagle Scout and a leader with Boy Scout Troop 393 in St. Wendel, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys ham radio (WB9ZFN) and raising sheep and chickens. Tom is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Michigan.