About Tom


 
 
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I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and first came to work in Montana in 1982 when I was 19 years old. My heart never really went back and I continued to work summers while I studied Conservation back east in Ohio, but once I was done with that I made a beeline West for a succession of jobs that taught me a great deal about life. While living in Montana I have been a bus driver, bell hop, bartender, musician, maintenance specialist,personnel manager, guide, hotel manager and most recently, a teacher. I’m currently an instructor for the Physics departments at MSU as well as a substitute special education teacher in the Bozeman Public Schools.


I met my wife Katie in 1992 while we were working in Yellowstone Park. We moved to Bozeman. In 1997, bought a house and enrolled at Montana State University where we received a quality education. We are blessed with two great boys, Kelty and Finnian.
Montana has been good to us.

I ran for the state legislature because I believe that this state will have a brighter future if we do a better job of planning for it. As one of your legislators, I fought to get corporations to treat Montana like a partner and not a piggy bank. I took on the medical industry, oil and gas corporations, and internet providers, but my particular focus was in trying to bring fairness to the way Northwestern Energy treats ratepayers.

In four terms in the House of Representatives and I’ve built good relationships with the PSC and legislators across the aisle. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent your interests in a process that puts regular people at a disadvantage. I’m running for an open seat on the Public Service Commission because this state can do a far better job of protecting our environment from degradation as well as our ratepayers from being overcharged by the monopoly utilities.

That’s the job of the Public Service Commission. I’m ready to make it about “public service.”