Tom and his wife Chris have called the 12th Senate District home for over 25 years.
Tom was born in Wabasha, MN and grew up on a dairy farm near Elmwood, Wisconsin. Growing up on a farm, Tom learned the importance of hard work, self-sufficiency and accountability at an early age. After graduating from UW-River Falls, Tom worked for a Minnesota farm cooperative where he later became the manager of the cooperative’s petroleum division.
Wanting to move back to his home state, Tom and Chris relocated to Minocqua, Wisconsin in 1988. There, Tom managed the Zenker Oil Company’s petroleum distribution. Three years later in 1991, Tom and Chris became the proud owner/operators of an excursion business on the Willow Flowage which they eventually sold in 2013.
Before being elected to the Wisconsin Legislature, Tom served as a Town Supervisor in the Town of Little Rice and continues to work as a dam tender. Tom has also served on the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Board as well as the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Tom is still active with many area chambers of commerce and is a member of the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Wisconsin Tavern League.