As an educator for thirty seven years and a life long resident of the 77th district, I realize the importance the traditional family unit plays in the future of our country. I believe in the same values and core principles our founding fathers sacrificed their lives, honor, and fortunes for. I will never compromise values for political gain. When our foundation is strong, then our economy will be strong. Help me build a strong foundation in Michigan once again. I am ready to face the Giants in Lansing and help move Michigan from a failing grade to the top of the class. I would appreciate your support and vote on August 3, 2010.
A lifelong resident and fourth generation of the 77th district, Tom was born and raised in Wyoming.
Married to Pam for 38 years, they have two children, Troy and Tracy and four granddaughters. Tom and his family spent a year in South America teaching in a Christian mission school.
He has been a teacher in the Byron Center Public School system for thirty seven years.
Tom is a Red Cross Instructor. Today you will find Tom at Byron Center High School teaching swimming through the YMCA and training teachers and staff members in CPR and first aid. Coaching is also a big part of Tom's life including over twenty years as a high school football coach and he continues in his thirty-seventh year as wrestling coach. He was also a volunteer little-league baseball and youth football coach.
He and his wife, Pam, actively volunteer and support the Pregnancy Resource Center, where Pam was a teen counselor for eight years, Alpha Womens Center, Life International, Baptists for Life, and Right to Life. They have opened their home to a pregnant teen, who gave her baby up for adoption to a family in this area.
Tom is a member of the Kent County Republican Executive Committee and has been a precinct delegate for eight years. Tom has played an active role in numerous state-wide campaigns.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Families, Children, and Seniors, Vice-chair
Military and Veterans Affairs
Tom is a born-again Christian, and his faith in God is foremost in his life. He has been a member of the board of deacons at Heritage Baptist Church for eighteen years. He has served on the board of directors of a Christian Youth camp for twenty one years and was summer director for nine. He and his wife Pam currently lead an at-risk teen bus ministry in their church.
He received his Bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University and his Master's from Western Michigan University.